Green Indicators at a Historic Level

 April 2, 2019

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Results of the Grimaldi Forum Monaco’s ACT GREEN Policy in View of its ISO 14001 Certification.

2018 was a year that broke all records for the Grimaldi Forum Monaco, which achieved its best environmental results since the implementation and monitoring of its ISO 14001 standard in October 2008!

In any case, all these green indicators confirm a fundamental goal that remains unchanged: to reduce the impact on the environment of the general maintenance of the building and of the events that take place within it, focusing primarily on sustainable and optimized water and energy management, energy management, waste sorting and recycling, an eco-responsible purchasing policy, good risk management, as well as on an active and event-driven communication, such as that around the meeting for Papuan Chief Mundiya Kepanga.

With a general building attendance bordering on 250,000 visitors per year, the ratio between annual water consumption, which has remained stable around 7,800 m3, and the increasing inflow of visitors has never been so low, as long as this indicator has existed.

In terms of energy efficiency, the decline in annual electricity consumption is also more than remarkable: for the first time, it has dropped below 8 million kWh (7.69)! Here again, the ratio calculated according to the occupancy rate of our spaces has never been so low. Thus, after commissioning a task force and brand new high performance equipment in 2017, a special effort was made on the air conditioning system. New seawater exchange control valves on the Grimaldi Forum’s own thermo-refrigeration production, as well as a change in the control system for this production have led to additional savings of 5.4% on our electricity consumption in 2018. Meanwhile, this year, we await the replacement of a heat pump.

While paper consumption has been stable, the latest good news has to do with the sorting rate. The objective of 50% of sorted and upgraded waste in 2018 has been met and exceeded! It was 44.5% in 2016, of 48.5% in 2017, and of 52.9% in 2018.

As it remains the priority area for the Grimaldi Forum’s ISO 14001 certification, sorting is at the center of many new initiatives, aimed in particular at reducing the use of plastic in general. However, we should remember that this active sorting policy was gradually introduced in many sectors that produce significant results: 150 tons of wood, 21 tons of brown cardboard, 28 tons of glass, 24 tons of paper, etc.

2018 has thus shown concrete environmental results that sometimes exceeded forecasts. All of this said, however, efforts need to be consistent and sustainable in order to continue with a path of continuous improvement. 2019 promises to be exciting, with many projects under study and actions under implementation!

Originally published at Grimaldi Forum

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