Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
On Sunday, March 18 STARS’N’BARS will host an afternoon of family-friendly workshops, games and exhibitions on how Monaco residents can reduce their carbon footprints. The EcoHub event, in partnership with the Mission for the Energy Transition (MTE) in charge of the NATIONAL PACT FOR THE ENERGY TRANSITION, will be held in the Stardeck from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. and is free and open to all nationalities and ages.
According to STARS’N’BARS co-founders Kate Powers and Didier Rubiolo, “If you live or work in Monaco, you know that His Serene Highness Prince Albert II has been a global leader in the fight to protect our planet and that the principality has taken important steps to reduce its carbon footprint. These include creating eco-friendly methods of transportation, switching to renewable energy sources and managing waste, particularly plastics…..but we need to do more! “
Jean-Luc Nguyen, Director of MTE “First, I thank Kate and Didier for their strong commitment. The Mission for the Energy Transition team will be there on March 18 and hopes you will come and sign the Pact for the Energy Transition, because it is all together that we will reach our national target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
Since early 2016, Monaco’s government has worked with business leaders, educators, builders, energy suppliers and health and tourism organisations to create a national strategy to cut the principality’s overall carbon footprint by 50% by 2030…and to be carbon neutral by 2050. This strategy targets Monaco’s main source of greenhouse gas emissions: transportation, waste treatment and energy use in buildings.
“That means that everyone must join in and double, triple and even quadruple our efforts to be good eco-citizens. “ Say Kate and Didier. “To achieve these goals we must all act together to protect our environment, while improving our quality of life and preserving our health. This means adopting new habits, using clean energies and controlling our waste.”
To this end, the government has created a NATIONAL PACT FOR THE ENERGY TRANSITION designed to enlist the help of Monaco residents and workers to reduce the principality’s overall carbon footprint. An individual’s carbon footprint represents how much they contribute to the release of greenhouse gases which cause climate change and potential danger to the environment. How big the carbon footprint is depends primarily on how they travel, how much waste they generate and how much energy they use. The Mission for the Energy Transition has designed a long term program that helps individuals measure their own carbon footprint and develop simple action plans to reduce their environmental impact in these areas.
According to Kate and Didier, “Once you know the size of your carbon footprint, the PACT website will help you choose a simple action plan to reduce it. The steps are simple: Can you take the bus more often or carpool to reduce carbon emissions? Can you recycle old clothes and separate your paper, glass and plastic trash? Can you better control your home heating and air conditioning? Can you shut off computers when not using them? These simple steps and other small actions you can take to reduce waste and unnecessary energy use can significantly reduce your carbon footprint.”
During the March 18 event, the Mission for the Energy Transition team will demonstrate various tools available to accomplish the individual’s personal action plan including an easy 10 questions “calculator” to measure carbon footprint, games to teach children the importance of recycling and tips on lowering energy consumption. Other planned animations include an electricity-generating bicycle that mixes fresh smoothies, electric vehicles, children’s eco-activities and an on-line tool that can measure the solar energy potential of an address in Monaco. In the spirit of waste reduction, the MTE team will assist participants in “signing” the Pact digitally and registering on line their own personal action plan.