In 2011, the Principality of Monaco decided to implement the European Energy Award (eea) under its own national label. The positive experiences gained with the Swiss Energiestadt programme in the previous years and the successful implementation of the eea (“Cit‘ergie”) in France motivated Monaco to make the effort to adapt the system to its national circumstances.
The adaption of the eea represents a special challenge, as the Principality of Monaco is a city state on a compact territory. Therefore, a special system for the process, the auditing and certification is being developed with our partners from France and the Association European Energy Award AISBL.
In 2013, the Principality of Monaco defined an energy action plan for the next four years, which contains 55 actions linked to the eea Management Tool and covers all of the domains. This action plan was developed through a series of workshops and involved a comprehensive participatory process, both at the technical and the decision-making level. The steering committee approved the action plan in November 2013. This action plan has been approved by the Council of Government with a final validation of H.S.H. Prince Albert II in December 2013.
2014 was the first year in which Monaco’s action plan was implemented. Special attention was given to energy savings and energy substitution solutions, the evaluation of the local impacts of climate change, the definition of an adaptation strategy, and the mobilisation of the private sector. On 14 November 2014, Monaco officially received the European Energy Award during the 2014 eea awarding ceremony held at the Hotel Novotel in Monaco.