Low emission heat pumps part of Monaco environmental plan

Two new low-emissions energy networks are being planned for Larvotto and the Condamine areas, as part of Monaco’s strict new guidelines that are being applied to all businesses in the Principality.

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In 2018, Monaco adopted stringent and bold new guidelines in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency in all buildings. For example, certain energy-saving conditions and obligations must now be met for all new builds and renovations, and as of 2022 there will be a total ban on heating by fuel oil.  Additionally, ‘energy audits’ for structures built between 1930 and 1990 will come into effect as early as 2022.

 As part of this new scheme, the Department of the Environment is now required to look at all heating and cooling networks in Monaco and publish annual reports on the level of renewable energy produced by each, as well as the amount of CO2 emitted.

 These tasks may seem daunting and difficult to comply with, but Monaco is already ahead in an important way. For more than 50 years, the Principality has used a system of sea water heat pumps for both public and private heating and cooling networks. The energy this system generates is at least 80% renewable energy according to a 2018 Ministerial Order and emits very little greenhouse gas.

 The government announced on Tuesday that the Larvotto and Condamine areas will be fitted with the new low emission heat parts in keeping with the strict new standards.