Monte-Carlo Beach Hotel: Rich Biodiversity for Monaco

Monte-Carlo Beach Hotel: Rich Biodiversity for Monaco
July 25, 2018 Bradley Cox

Management and staff at Monte-Carlo Beach have made great efforts to minimize environmental impacts and launch new projects that will lighten its footprint in the years to come. Best practice is focused on a range of green initiatives including biodiversity, a new energy management strategy and reducing CO2 emissions.

Protecting and restoring biodiversity
The Green Globe Gold certified Monte-Carlo Beach Hotel lies in an extraordinary setting, surrounded by a spectacular natural environment between lush vegetation, sea and sky. La Vigie Lounge & Restaurant is a protected part of the hotel with its own natural forest that is host to abundant and diverse of fauna and flora.

Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer, first formed in 2007, has an eco-responsible management approach for park and garden maintenance. As a result, local plants that are naturally resistant to climatic conditions are chosen at Monte-Carlo Beach, biodiversity is encouraged and no chemical treatments are used.

Biodiversity is an important part of the hotel’s sustainable management plan with several projects currently in place that aim to restore the natural variety of local species on site. Teams are developing a program with the national association of the French Bird Protection League to support and preserve bird, mammal and insect species that live on La Vigie. Monte-Carlo Beach has also installed its own Insect Hotel which houses useful insects that help repel pests. In addition, a communication strategy is currently being planned that will help raise awareness and inform guests about environmental initiatives at Monte-Carlo Beach.

Major projects for sustainable development
Monte-Carlo Beach signed the National Energy Transition Pact at the Grimaldi Forum on 23rd March 2018. The Monte-Carlo Beach Team fully backs the new project’s objectives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to limit energy use and to increase the local production of renewable energy in three main categories – transportation, waste and energy.

Key actions implemented in the framework of the Energy Transition
· Changeover of light bulbs to LEDs
· Adjust air conditioning so systems switch off when windows are opened
· Install motion sensors in public places
· Indicate low-flush toilets with an easily identifiable green sticker
· Install low flow aerators on taps
· Encourage use of the electric bicycle charging station

Current and future projects
· Improve computer management in offices to reduce energy consumption
· Ensure all lights are switched off in offices when vacant

Environmental Initiatives
The property aims to protect the planet by supporting various green projects and the further development of its waste management strategies. Monte-Carlo Beach is the first hotel in the Principality to set up a specific waste collection of used cans containing hazardous substances such as varnish coating or chlorine. Furthermore, it’s the first hotel of the Société des Bains de Mer that has invested in the treatment of its organic waste according to French regulations. MC Beach continues to work on anti-waste measures and has introduced a Gourmet Box for those customers who prefer to take away meal leftovers rather than throwing them in the garbage. The property has also switched to environmentally friendly plant based PLA straws in anticipation of French and Monegasque regulations that will ban disposable products by 2020.

To promote low carbon mobility, MC Beach is the only hotel in the Principality with its own latest-generation electric bicycle charging station. The hotel also provides guests with electric charging terminals for vehicles (one of which is Tesla), encourages eco-friendly commuting with the Shuttle SBM Group, and distributes the Monaco Malin – a map containing information for those planning to travel on foot around Monaco.

In the wider community, Monte-Carlo Beach team members support and participate in the annual Monacology event that educates Monegasques children about ecology through interactive workshops and animation activities.

Emmanuel Taillandier
Monte-Carlo Beach
Avenue Princesse Grace
06190 Roquebrune-Cap-Martin
phone +377 98 06 52 67