The Grimaldi Forum Monaco is one of Europe's first congress and culture centres to hold ISO 14001:2004 environmental management certification.
During the certification audit in October 2008, the certifying body Det Norske Veritas (DNV) represented by Ms Laurence Nahon and Mr Massimo Bosco carried out an in-depth appraisal of the measures in place at the Grimaldi Forum, concerning both the actual building and all activities liable to impact on the environment, in order to verify that the management system implemented does indeed fulfil the standard's requirements. Following those two days on site, DNV has now awarded ISO 14001:2004 certification to the Grimaldi Forum Monaco.
This certification endorses the work initiated in November 2007 by the entire staff and management in order to participate in the eco-responsibility movement that the Principality of Monaco has launched at the instigation of its reigning Prince, but likewise to respond to the international corporate tourism market's increasingly pressing demands in this field. Under the ACT GREEN banner the Grimaldi Forum Monaco is now giving further concrete expression to its desire to actively promote a cleaner, greener event organisation industry.
Consequently the Grimaldi Forum Monaco wanted to complement its existing ecological measures, which include using seawater as a renewable energy for its air conditioning, so has adopted immediate solutions to reduce its impact on the environment: introduction of waste sorting, recycling of carpeting and PVC signage sheeting, using eco-certified products, reducing electricity consumption by using low-voltage light bulbs etc.
All together against deforestation
Providing access to water to as many people as possible, conserving biodiversity, putting forward solutions to curb climate change and its effects: these are the three key action areas to which the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation is dedicated.
A huge environmental challenge when we know that tropical forests are home to more than 75% of the Earth’s biodiversity and their destruction is responsible for over 20% of all greenhouse gas emissions. Alarm bell has already rung… On the other side of the chain there is an economic sector: Tourism which has a real impact on the environment, and especially the business tourism, heavy consumer of wood and paper (ie: booth structure and printing publications…). Tourism has to be conscious of this Environmental issue.
An important reason that has brought the Monaco Tourist Office and the Grimaldi Forum Monaco to become partners of the “Monaco makes a commitment against deforestation” initiative, waged by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and MC2D. Monaco Tourist Office gathers partners all together in order to promote the Principality of Monaco as a leisure and business destination. The Grimaldi Forum Monaco, one of the first European convention and cultural centre eco certified, is also an ambassador of the Principality, positioning Monaco as a key destination on the international business tourism stage.
The Carbon Offsetting
The Grimaldi Forum Monaco has decided to offset the greenhouse gas emissions caused by the staff’s business trips, in partnership with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.
Carbon Offsetting consists in balancing the negative impact of greenhouse gases emitted in the atmosphere. In practice, by compensating carbon emissions, one can finance projects to the benefit of reforestation, energy efficiency or renewable energies.
H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco “decided to set up a Foundation in 2006, whose purpose is to protect the environment and to encourage sustainable development. This is a common global challenge that requires urgent and concrete action in response to three major environmental issues: climate change, biodiversity and water.” The foundation is present worldwide in seven different countries.
Within the ISO 14001:2004 environmental certification framework, the Grimaldi Forum Monaco invites professional organizers to adopt practical solutions to reduce the ecological footprint of their events. By choosing to offset carbon emissions in partnership with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the event is considered as “Carbon Neutral”.