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Energy transition: “History seems to be accelerating”

9 July 2020 - 16h30

The fourth Energy Transition Meetings took place this afternoon in the salons of One Monte-Carlo. With one observation: this transition takes on a new speed.

“We lived through a complicated period which forced us to rethink all the acts of daily life.” Director of the Mission for the Energy Transition, Annabelle Jaeger-Seydoux is not the only one to think so. The context of the health crisis and more particularly that of confinement will, according to Frédéric Genta, “have had some positive aspects”. To begin, according to the interministerial delegate responsible for the digital transition, with the constrained experience of telework. “We too often tend to oppose ecological and digital transition. In Monaco, we have chosen to make digital responsible and the period of confinement has increased the number of state agents working remotely from 25 to 1,300! This is due to the fact that digital technology has become a very powerful tool which certainly presents dangers, but also interesting opportunities, particularly for the environment.” However, staff who work from their homes avoid traveling to the office, which considerably limits the pollution generated. Which was widely welcomed by Marie-Pierre Gramaglia, government adviser-Minister of Public Works, the Environment and Urban Development. “The government is currently working on these issues. We will, of course, continue to telecommute. We will simply have to find balances.” Words confirmed by Frédéric Genta: “The absence of telework in the future is not audible. We are working to find an optimum solution.” An element which, according to the various observers, will have contributed somewhat to save time in terms of energy transition. And made it possible to get closer to the objectives of reducing CO2 emissions by 50% by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2050.

Georges-Olivier KALIFA

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