Putting Sustainability First: 5 Ways to Go Green in Monaco

From eco-certified hotels to organic Michelin starred meals and more

Monaco views, sunrise © BVergely

Forward-thinking, the Principality of Monaco is committed to protecting the environment and continuously works to engage all of its partners in promoting responsible tourism.

Stay in eco-certified hotels, let yourself be surprised by the green transport solutions at your disposal, discover the Principality’s parks, gardens and marine reserves which give pride of place to biodiversity… and then have a culinary experience in one of the many establishments working with organic, local, seasonal produce.

If Monaco is a destination that promotes excellence, you will find it no less responsible and accessible to everyone. Monaco is FOR YOU. At last!

Jardins Villa Paloma © BVergely

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco has committed the Principality to reduce its greenhouse gas by 55% by 2030 compared to 1990 and to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.

Find out how Monaco is making sustainability key to the transition towards a better tomorrow with these top green ways to explore the Principality:

 

#1: Sustainable Luxury Stays

To date, Monaco is home to 2202 environmentally certified bedrooms, accounting for 88.6% of its hotel capacity. “Green Teams” have been formed within hotels to develop and implement concrete solutions to reduce their ecological footprint. Key initiatives by hotels include the installation of beehives at the three-star Novotel Monte-Carlo, while the iconic Fairmont Monte-Carlo’s entire central heating and air conditioning system is powered by four underground heat pumps, a renewable energy source drawing heat from the seawater surrounding the hotel. Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort is one of the top performers in terms of reducing its use of natural resources; in 2019 the hotel achieved the feat of reducing its energy consumption by 30 % in only eight years of existence. Read more.

Place du Casino © BVergely

#2: Get Lost in Parks and Gardens

Explore a one-of-a-kind park and garden wonderland. More than 20 per cent of the Principality is parkland, including the Princess Grace Rose Gardens and the St Martin Gardens of Monaco. In fact, the city’s green space has grown from 50,000 square metres to 270,000 square metres over the last 60 years. Read more.

Petite Afrique gardens © BVergely

#3: Organic Michelin-starred Meals

The Elsa restaurant, at Monte-Carlo Beach Hotel, is the first 100 % organic Michelin-starred restaurant certified by Ecocert. All produce offered on the Elsa restaurant’s menu are the products of organic agriculture and are labelled as such. Next door, at Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort, you will find a 400 sqm organic vegetable garden, maintained by urban agriculturist Terrae, and exquisitely prepared by the Hotel Chef, Marcel Ravin.

#4: Move Sustainably

E-Bikes, e-cars, e-boats…Monaco is one of the most sustainable places in the world with all public vehicles being either electric, hybrid or biofuel. The government provides free charging stations for electric vehicles and offers financial incentives for the purchase of electric or hybrid cars. To promote green transport and walking, Monaco is home to 79 public elevators, 390 electric bikes and a 100% electric car-sharing service.

MonaBike and Mobee © BVergely

#5: Watch Green Motor Racing

All year long, Monaco is home to a range of exciting green events. The Eprix is held on Monaco’s Formula 1 Grand Prix track and runs entirely on electricity, demonstrating the incredible potential of sustainable mobility to help create a cleaner, better planet.

Monaco ePrix © Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer

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