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Energy transition on the agenda

29 January 2019 - 15h20

This morning at the Ministry of State, Serge Telle reminded of the dangers of climate change and, together with Marie-Pierre Gramaglia and Annabelle Jaeger-Seydoux, explained the actions undertaken in Monaco.

With record high temperatures last year, the Minister of State, Serge Telle, immediately highlighted the challenges of climate change and the difficulties of putting forward solutions due to our Western societies dependency on fossil fuels. Under the impetus of the Sovereign, whose international role Serge Telle underlined, Monaco has launched many actions on its territory. He also stressed the fact that the mission for the Energy Transition, of which Annabelle Jaeger-Seydoux took the lead last September, aims at joining all these actions in perfect coherence.

Marie-Pierre Gramaglia, adviser to the Government and Minister of Public Works, of the Environment and of Urban Planning, indicated that these actions concerned not only energy but also waste management, greenhouse gases and the marine environment. She then reminded of the major milestones since 1992, namely the signing of the Kyoto Protocol in 2006 and the Paris Agreement in 2015.

The mission director also provided some details on the origin of greenhouse gases (2016 figures): 26% from incinerated plastic, 14% from private cars, 15% from oil heating.

Annabelle Jaeger-Seydoux then gave an overview of the actions undertaken, or that will be undertaken, in terms of electromobility, reduction of plastic waste, reduction of energy consumption in buildings and development of renewable energies (to which we will return in our magazine). The annual Energy Transition Conference will be held on March 29th. For her part, Marie-Pierre Gramaglia explained very precisely why the waste treatment plant would finally be installed on the Charles III islet. She added that although incineration was currently considered as one of the best techniques in a constrained space, the call for tenders that will be launched early next year will be open to all technologies, including any new ones that may be developed between now and then.

To conclude, the Minister of State stated that the energy transition was also the work of all and that it had to be explained to the population.

Noël Mettey

®Michael Alesi

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