SMEG signs Energy Transition Pact

Thomas Battaglione, Managing Director of SMEG (centre), with members of the management committee. Photo: SMEG
Thomas Battaglione, Managing Director of SMEG (centre), with members of the management committee. Photo: SMEG

Thomas Battaglione, Managing Director of SMEG, along with all the members of the management committee, has co-signed the National Pact on Energy Transition.

“SMEG is enthusiastically committed to this formidable shared ambition,” Mr Battaglione commented on Monday, March 5.

Monaco’s electrical power operator has for many years sponsored various sustainable initiatives both nationally and internationally.

E+ is an environmental label awarded to individuals, institutions or companies in Monaco that are in partnership with SMEG to act and contribute to the energy transition initiated by the Prince, the Minister of State and his Government.

The E+ Trophy ceremony, recognising those who have demonstrated lower energy consumption, took place on May 13, 2017, in the presence of Minister of State Serge Telle and HE Bernard Fautrier, CEO of the PA2F, along with Mr Battaglione.

Further from home, one of SMEG’s most challenging undertakings has been providing photovoltaic equipment for the new Aquatic Rescue and Training Centre in Loumbila, near Burkina Faso, a project close to Princess Charlene.

The €250,000 photovoltaic field with a power of 56 kWp, a stationary battery bank of 4700Ah under 48V, and a set of inverters to supply the pavilion with three-phase power was financed by SMEG.

This was supported by the association Energy Assistance Monaco (EAM), created in 2011, which provides assistance, logistics and equipment to populations without access to electricity.

Members of EAM are volunteers, employees of SMEG and Cometh Somoclim – trade professionals in air-conditioning, heating, ventilation and energy services in the Principality – who are committed to benevolent and ecological projects.

The centre was inaugurated on January 19 of this year, in the presence of Prince Albert, the Monaco Red Cross, the Burkinabè Red Cross and SMEG.

Mr Battaglione commented at the time, “The significant reduction in the electricity bill, often the largest expense of such a structure, will facilitate the financial start-up of the centre and thus contribute to its long-term training and action activities in the service of the poor.”

A reminder that on Sunday, March 18, the Mission for Energy Transition in charge of the National Pact for Energy Transition, will be Stars’n’Bars, who are hosting an afternoon of family-friendly workshops, games and exhibitions on how Monaco residents can reduce their carbon footprints.

The EcoHub event, from 2 pm to 5 pm, is free and open to all nationalities and ages.