The Principality of Monaco and PlanetSolar

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The Principality of Monaco and PlanetSolar

Monaco is an outstanding tourist destination and has been chosen by PlanetSolar to be the departure and arrival harbour of their world tour thanks to its commitments to sustainability and combating climate change.

Since Monaco’s signature of the Kyoto Protocol in 1998 and ratified in 2006, the Principality is increasing its efforts in the field of environmental protection. It aims to reduce its CO² emissions by 8% before the end of 2012. By September 2011, a reduction of 15% had been achieved. The first actions taken by the Government to reduce these emissions have been in urban heating (representing about 31%), urban transportation (34%) as well as producing electricity for an entire district by burning house hold waste in the local incineration plant (30%).

In regards to this perspective, the Monegasque State, the Town Council, professionals in tourism sector as well as private companies increasingly channel their efforts to sustainable development. In order to follow the example of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, they committed themselves in different fields like deforestation, electric vehicles and its infrastructure, improved management of water and energy consumption, HQE constructions, and of course the organisation of Green Meetings and Green Events … while preserving the dream destination Monaco is.

They speak up:

Guillaume ROSE, Director of the Monaco Government Tourist and Convention Authority

« The Monaco Government Tourist and Convention Authority joins PlanetSolar’s adventure around the world with its commitment to clean and renewable transportation. Preserving our environment has to be the center of our today’s actions. That is the reason why the Monaco Government Tourist and Convention Authority has decided to take part in this expedition of renewable and non polluting energy to prove that, by using innovative materials and existing technologies, high quality performances are feasible.

HE Bernard Fautrier, Vice-president of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation

The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation is associated with the PlanetSolar expedition because it illustrates the value of solar energy, a renewable, clean source with an unlimited supply on a human scale. It now constitutes a concrete alternative to fossil fuels, where the limited resources and negative impact on the environment and health constitute one of the biggest challenges of this century for our planet. During stopovers, the crew on PlanetSolar will be helping raise awareness among local people about the new possibilities for using it in the transport sector as well as producing energy for our daily needs, all while respecting the environment. PlanetSolar’s mission to raise awareness is in line with all the Foundation’s objectives in the field of climate change and energy.”

Axel Hoppenot, Sales and Marketing Director for the Monte-Carlo SBM

“In sponsoring PlanetSolar alongside the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the Société des Bains de Mer is aligning itself with a major initiative that combines state-of-the-art technology and environmental protection, particularly that of the sea which we hold so dear. This support is part of its 'Be Green' project which is working on over 30 concrete measures in the interests of sustainable development. The Monte-Carlo SBM Group is therefore demonstrating its commitment to one of the major issues of our time.”

Bernard d’Alessandri, Secretary General of the Yacht Club de Monaco

“The sea has always held an irresistible attraction for Man. It intrigues us as much as it commands our respect. The spirit of adventure, thirst for discovery and Man’s curiosity through the ages has always gained the upper hand and led us on to build crazy boats to enable us to sail further. A veritable laboratory when it comes to experimentation, the Principality of Monaco has always supported pioneering projects which are at the service of the sea and our planet. As part of our activities to raise awareness about preserving our environment, the Yacht Club de Monaco through its La Belle Classe label encourages any innovative initiative that increases public awareness and promotes sustainable development technology.”

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