An increasingly green luxury
Committed to a proactive environmental and societal approach that has promoted ever greener luxury for over 12 years, the Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer Group continue its 3rd Sustainable Development Charter for 2019-2022: Go Sustainable.
The Group’s employees and their “Green Teams” work with you every day to implement – despite the COVID-19 crisis – practices that are more environmentally-friendly. Our most significant commitments include:
- Efficient and responsible management of water and energy resources
- A genuine policy of sorting and recycling that promotes reuse and limits waste
- A food offer that focuses on naturalness and well-being
- Respect and preservation of our natural heritage and its biodiversity
Water and energy are key challenges for a major luxury resort
In just a few years, the establishments belonging to the Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer Group have significantly reduced their water and energy consumption. For example, the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort has reduced its energy expenditure by 30% in just 8 years! The Group also differentiates itself by purchasing clean energy (98,5 % of the electricity certified as from renewable sources) and offsetting its gas consumption. Finally, water consumption has fallen by 35% in 10 years.
When waste becomes a resource
The Group has embarked on a major policy of recycling and recovering its waste with 10 different sorted waste collections. For 2019-2020, these collections have resulted in:
- 635 tonnes of glass
- 47.2 tonnes of paper
- 9.4 tonnes of household waste
- 64,000 litres of edible oils recovered
- 1476 kg of used batteries recovered
- 6 m3 of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE)
And because the fight against food waste concerns us all, the Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer Group has adopted the “Gourmet Box”, a customised version of the “Petite Boite Monégasque” initially launched by the Monaco town hall, which consists of a box for taking home the leftovers from a meal after lunch or dinner. A simple way to make the “doggy bag” a habit for its customers!
Well-being on the plate
Sustainable development is also evident in the Resort’s kitchens thanks to Chefs who promote a healthy and authentic cuisine, using local, seasonal and fresh products. All allergens are also specified on our menus.
The Group is a pioneer in terms of organic cuisine with the starred restaurant Elsa at the Hotel Monte-Carlo Beach, which has been Ecocert certified since 2013 with its fully organic food, unique at this level. The Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort also boasts its own organic kitchen garden, working in close partnership with the start-up Terre de Monaco which creates urban organic gardens.
Finally, the Hotel Hermitage Monte-Carlo, the Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo and its restaurant L’Hirondelle, the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort, the Café de Paris Monte-Carlo and the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo have signed the Mr Goodfish commitment to respect marine resources with an emphasis on fish from sustainable sources.
Preserving biodiversity, a priority for everyone
From the green spaces showcasing Mediterranean flora to the Marine protected areas of the Larvotto managed by the Monegasque Association for the Protection of Nature, as well as Pointe de la Vigie at Monte-Carlo Beach, which was officially classified as a bird refuge by the French Bird Protection League (Ligue de Protection des Oiseaux) since 2019, the Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer Group is surrounded by an exceptional natural heritage that must be respected and protected. The green spaces are maintained without pesticides and also include several hundred-year-old trees along the Monaco Heritage Tree Trail. (https://www.visitmonaco.com/fr/parcours-et-balades/22134/le-parcours-des-arbres-patrimoniaux).
Since 2014, the Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer’s commitment has been recognised through an ambitious certification process. Six of our establishments have the internationally-recognised Green Globe certification designed for the luxury travel and tourism industry: the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort, the Monte-Carlo Beach and the Thermes Monte-Carlo are Gold Standard for the fifth consecutive year and the Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo for the 4rd year. The Hotel Hermitage Monte-Carlo and the Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo hachieved the prestigious accreditation in spring 2019, Le Café de Paris Monte-Carlo Le Café de Paris Monte-Carlo followed in late 2019. The Monte-Carlo SBM headquarters are expected to become certified by June 2021.
In addition to these certifications and mobilising its employees, the Group’s commitments under its 2019-2022 Environmental Charter also include educating its customers and stakeholders, responsible purchases, clean mobility and reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG). In this area, we are part of the overall policy of the Principality of Monaco which is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.