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Green initiatives

Sustainable development is one of primary concerns at Columbus Monte-Carlo. We are increasing our efforts on behalf of the planet. The main on-site technical service provider (Cometh Group Cofely) is ISO 14001 certified.

 

Here are some examples of Columbus Monte Carlo’s Green initiatives:

THE GREEN KEY LABEL

 

Columbus Monte-Carlo is Green Key label certified since 2012. This award is given to tourist accommodations that are successful in the dynamics of environmental management.

The GREEN KEY AWARD is the leading standard for excellence in the field of environmental responsibility and sustainable operation within the tourism industry. This prestigious ecolabel represents a commitment by businesses that their premises adhere to the strict criteria set by the Foundation for Environmental Education. A Green Key stands for the promise to its guests that by opting to stay with the Green Key establishment, they are helping to make a difference on an environmental level. The high environmental standards expected of these hotels are maintained through rigorous documentation and frequent audits.

EARTH FRIENDLY TRAVEL

 

We are listed on WAYAJ, the first app designed to discover and book sustainable and socially responsible travel destinations from around the world.

ELECTRICITY

 

Since 2012, Columbus Monte-Carlo is a ECOWATT AMBASSADOR in the PACA region. This means that we are engaged in this citizen-based eco initiative by reducing our electricity consumption following high-demand alert in the region Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.

 

Columbus Monte-Carlo is connected to the SEAWERGIE network, one of the best examples of Monaco’s sustainable development policy.

 

The energy production plant is connected to the waste treatment plant and to an underground seawater pumping station built into the Fontvielle seawall. The Energy is supplied through insulated networks installed beneath the road reaching the connected buildings.

 

This CHP plant (combined heat and power plan) enables to recycle energy from waste in three ways, which is called the trigeneration principle  :

  • Electricity, partly reinjected into the grid
  • Hot water, supplied through two heating networks to heat buildings and produce domestic hot water. Regarding heating production, it saves 6000 tons of CO2 emissions every year.
  • Cooling water, supplied through a cooling network to cool service sector buildings, homes and factories.

Thanks to trigeneration, Monaco CHP plant is able to recycle energy from waste into cooling water for the city. This is particularly relevant in summer when both waste quantity and cooling demand are high. This has two main benefits : to reduce electricity consumption and supply energy recovered from local waste.

 

All 60 watt incandescent bulbs have been replaced with 11 watt bulbs. Motion sensors have been fitted on all 9 floors and in communal areas and all spotlights in the communal areas have been replaced with 6-watt LEDs.

WATER

  • Installation of anti-drip tap attachments in the 181 rooms.
  • Installation of water fountains for use by staff in order to eliminate water bottles
  • Installation of  flow reducers of showers to achieve a flow rate of not higher than 8l/mn

RECYLING

 

Selective sorting of rubbish is carried out daily (paper, plastic, bulbs, batteries, glass bottles)
Columbus Monte-Carlo has a compactor for cardboard boxes and tries to recycle them wherever possible with our food and drink suppliers.

FUTURE PROJECTS

  • Continuous training of staff on waste separation
  • Bio-degradable straws at the bar
  • Eco-friendly dental and razor kits

IN THE ROOM

 

  • A gentle reminder is placed in the bedrooms and bathrooms for our guest to help us save the planet by not changing the towels and bedding daily.
  • Recycling of soaps with a caritative organization SAPOCYCLE