Palace of Monaco sets off on green journey
Green issues are on the royal agenda … The Palace of Monaco has taken delivery of two all-electric, zero-emission Nissan e-NV200s – contributing to its strategy to reduce the estate’s greenhouse gas emissions. This is part of a wider sustainability action plan implemented in Monaco by Prince Albert.
The two e-NV200 five-seater Evalia vans will be used primarily as on-site delivery vehicles, transporting goods and people across the historic estate, which is home to the Prince and his family.
At the handover ceremony held at the Palace, the prince (whose official title is Sovereign Prince of Monaco, HSH Prince Albert II) commented: “Reducing our greenhouse gas emissions is vital and our country has set ambitious targets. Our aim is to achieve a 50 percent decrease in carbon emissions by 2030, with the ultimate goal of being carbon neutral by 2050.”
“As a society we face considerable environmental challenges, but, with zero tailpipe emissions, electric vehicles offer a solution that can help tackle these challenges head-on,” added Paul Willcox, chairman of Nissan Europe. “We’re delighted that governments and leaders across Europe are realising the benefits of all-electric motoring.”
The all-electric e-NV200 boasts a range of up to 168 km on a single charge and produces neither exhaust emissions nor noise pollution.
The Principality of Monaco has adopted a series of measures as part of a wider sustainability strategy focusing on road transportation, waste and energy management. Sustainable mobility is advocated across the state through the use of public transportation and of low-emission vehicles. In 2012, Monaco reduced its emissions by 13,2 percent, and achieved its objective to reduce average emissions by eight percent between 2008 and 2012. More information on Monaco’s sustainability policy can be found here.