[caption id="attachment_27359" align="alignnone" width="640"] Villa Girasole. Photo: fpa2.org[/caption]
Villa Girasole, headquarters of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, has reduced its power consumption dramatically over the last 12 years.
Between 2005 and 2017, the building’ power consumption ratio drop from 84 to 34.62 kWh/m2, a reduction of nearly 60 percent. This very encouraging result places this old building, constructed in 1882, in the category of buildings with high-energy efficiency.
Since 2011, Villa Girasole has benefited from a photovoltaic solar installation composed of 36 panels covering an area of 60m2 and producing nearly a quarter of its electricity needs.
The total improvement is explained by several factors: the increase in production of solar electricity, the installation of double-glazed windows that respect the architecture of the building, the insulation of the attic, repairs to the low-voltage switchboard and rational energy consumption.
The radical reduction in the old building’s energy footprint has been achieved with modest expenditures and contributes to the Principality’s transition to a low-carbon economy, essential for action against climate change and one of the main themes of the Prince Albert II Foundation.
On Friday, January 19, the Creation of a National Pact for energy transition in the Principality will be revealed. As a tool for progress consisting of a clear and legible charter and action plan, the National Pact will enable everyone – residents, workers, companies, institutions, associations – to contribute to Monaco’s energy transition.
In February 2017, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation was certified ISO 50 001 for Energy Management.
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Richard Marangoni, Director of Public Security, presented his New Year greetings in the presence of Prince Albert, Serge Telle, Minister of State, Patrice Cellario, Minister of the Interior, as well as many leading figures in public life, at the traditional ceremony, which this year was held in the conference room of the Oceanographic Museum.
In his address, the Sovereign Prince said: “Security has always been one of the strengths of our country. It is up to us to make a pact to preserve it. Everyone must take part in it: women and men whose noble professional mission is to guarantee it, but, beyond that, everyone, through their discipline, and their understanding of the security measures put in place.”
After having discussed the security situation in 2017 and the implementation of the “Public Safety 2020” plan, including a strengthening of the workforce, Richard Marangoni said that over the 2012-2016 period, general crime had dropped by 28 percent and street crime by 43 percent.
“This trend, while one would have expected some stabilisation, continued in 2017 with a decrease of 1.04 percent for general delinquency and 16.58 percent for delinquency on public roads. Burglaries, meanwhile, fell by 17.14 percent,” he said.
In addition to “Public Safety 2020”, “Monaco, Safe City” is another initiative based on prevention and aimed at strengthening the security architecture of the Principality.
At the end of the ceremony, the Prince Albert presented the Outstanding Services Clasp, for acts of courage and dedication, to 19 police officers who distinguished themselves in 2016 and 2017.
British Airways has said it is considering stopping its inflight duty-free service on short-haul flights.
“There is limited take-up of duty free shopping on short-haul flights so we are reviewing whether the space needed to store products could be put to better use,” the airline told The Moodie Davitt Report. The inflight service is provided by Tourvest Inflight Retail Services, which won the short haul concession in September 2016.
Tourvest Inflight Retail Services supplies and manages British Airways’ duty-free service worldwide, a contract it has held since January 2012. The concessionaire also gained the airline’s short-haul food and beverage contract in September 2016.
“Given the changing face of customer retail trends, Tourvest Inflight Retail Services constantly reviews its retail strategy and the way we position our inflight duty-free offering,” Michelle Green, Head of Business Development, Strategy & Innovation at Tourvest, told the Report.
“Going forward we see digital engagement and pre-order streams growing and are working with all of our customers on an e-commerce digital strategy for their onboard retail programmes.”