Monte-Carlo SBM has introduced a range of
eco-friendly initiatives, from a responsible use of natural resources to protecting the species that make up Monaco’s rich biodiversity.
The Wood Charter, for sustainable forests
Members of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, including Vice President Olivier Wenden, officially presented Monte-Carlo SBM with the new Wood Charter in recognition of the group’s good environmental practices. Created in 2010 as part of the Monaco Against Deforestation initiative, and incorporated into Monte-Carlo SBM’s sustainable development charter, the Wood Charter calls on signatory companies to exclusively use FSC- or PEFC-certified wood, guaranteeing environmentally responsible and socially beneficial forest management. And this approach also applies to wood derivatives! Currently, 99% of the paper used by Monte-Carlo SBM comes from sustainably managed forests, with almost 50 tonnes recycled each year. The group’s next goal is to further increase its efforts by reducing consumption and promoting the use of digital resources.
Green Globe-certified establishments
Green Globe is an international certification programme for the luxury travel and tourism industry and evaluates companies’ commitment to sustainable development using over 300 indicators. For the first time ever, it has awarded certification to a restaurant: Café de Paris Monte-Carlo. Like the rest of the Monte-Carlo SBM group, this brasserie on Place du Casino strives to raise awareness among its customers of environmental and societal issues, particularly through its policies to minimise waste and plastic use, and its membership of the Mr. Goodfish programme.
Similarly, Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo is now the world’s first Green Globe Gold-certified spa, having achieved 86% compliance thanks to its environmentally friendly products, healthy cuisine, use of renewable electricity and creation of a rooftop vegetable garden.
Working to protect birds and fish
Given its frontline position surrounded by nature, the Monte-Carlo Beach takes a proactive approach to protecting biodiversity. Pointe de la Vigie and its stunning pine forest is home to over 20 species of birds and has been classified a sanctuary by the Ligue de Protection des Oiseaux. The Monte-Carlo Beach is set to become even greener this year thanks to the creation of a biodiversity-positive underwater dyke. Lying 100 metres from the shore, this barrier is designed to protect the beach and encourage the development of marine wildlife. The newly created space will resemble a lagoon, with a sandy floor bordered with posidonia seagrass and rocks. It will enable wildlife observation while respecting the sea. Over in the hotel’s kitchens, Elsa, the first Michelin-starred, 100% organic restaurant – certified Ecocert since 2013 – will continue to focus on locally sourced seasonal produce from Menton and Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. By Eve Chatelet