The 4th Energy Transition meeting took place on 9 July at One Monte Carlo. Those involved in this transition in the Principality were able to discuss four subjects: working from home, eco-responsibility, waste reduction and food waste.

This quarterly meeting aims to illustrate the Principality’s developments surrounding energy transition, enabling observations to be made after lockdown. “The lockdown has not had only negative effects. There are tools that have been put in place and used much more effectively and more widely than before,” assured Annabelle Jaeger-Seydoux, Director of the Mission for the Energy Transition to Monaco Info.

Working from home was, needless to say, widely implemented during lockdown. “Two days working at home represents 10% less than one’s individual carbon footprint, so it is quite significant”, Annabelle Jaeger-Seydoux stressed, speaking of the “giant step” made in this area. As far as environmental responsibility is concerned, Philippe Ortelli, President of the Monegasque Works Company, showed his commitments in the use of materials and work equipment that are more respectful of the environment.

Favouring local, sustainable economy

Waste reduction is also one of the Principality’s priorities. “If we want to reduce our energy and environmental impact, we must sort out and reduce at source,” insisted Annabelle Jaeger-Seydoux. In these troubled times, when wearing masks has become almost indispensable, Philippe Prud’homme, Managing Director of Bettina, returned to his company’s “sustainable” initiative, via the manufacture of reusable masks made in Monaco, the Bettimask.

The last topic of the meeting was the reduction of food waste. A platform fighting against this scourge was presented. Named Ecoslowasting, it promotes the circular economy by bringing together local shops and customers to avoid any waste. “It is time to question the origin and the carbon cost of its consumption,” Annabelle Jaeger-Seydoux insisted.