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On Friday, January 19, Marie-Pierre Gramaglia, Minister of Public Works, the Environment and Urban Development, presented to the press the National Pact for the energy transition of the Principality.
Consisting of a simple charter and sectoral action plans, the National Pact, which will be sent by post next week to all residents and commerce, allows everyone to commit contribute, in their own way, to Monaco’s energy transition.
The pact – “Je m’engage” – has been signed by Prince Albert, all ministers and the president of the Conseil National. The objectives are clear: to reduce emissions of greenhouse gas, to limit energy use and to increase the local production of renewable energy in three main categories – transportation, waste and energy.
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The National Pact stems directly from the Paris Agreement and represents a new and practical measure by the Prince’s Government for energy transition, following the publication of the Energy Transition White Paper (March 2017), the launch of the Principality’s solar cadastre (June 2017) and the creation of a joint Government/SMEG company allowing for the purchase of electric power plants using renewable energies (June 2017).
The pact, with its habit changing initiatives, is part of the government’s ambitious 50 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. Minister Gramaglia told Monaco Life, “Everything we are doing – in terms of environmental protection and alternative means of transport – must be multiplied by four in order to satisfy this commitment.”
More information in English and French: transition-energetique.gouv.mc.
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