Monaco: a global pioneer of the clean economy

The Transition – Monaco Forum will take place from 26-27 June 2018 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo. Monaco.

Monaco is at the heart of the clean tech innovation. Today, 64 seawater heat pumps produce 17% of the total energy consumed in the Principality.
The Principality is committed to its 2020 Energy Climate Plan, aiming to reduce GhG emissions and developing the adequate infrastructure to support renewable energy production.

The Grimaldi Forum Monaco is lying across the seafront of Monaco’s eastern “Larvotto” beach quarter, right next to Monaco’s beautiful Japanese Garden.

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Getting There

Address: Grimaldi Forum 10, Avenue Princesse Grace MC 98000 Monaco

Telephone: +377 99 99 20 00

Grimaldi Forum Website

Grimaldi Forum on the Map

By Train

The Monaco’s Rail Station is a 15 minute walk from the Grimaldi Forum Monaco & 10 minutes by Bus – Line #4.

By Air

The Grimaldi Forum Monaco is 25 km from the International Airport Nice Côte d’Azur. Among major international direct flights are:

  • Paris - Nice: 1h30
  • Rome - Nice: 1h20
  • London - Nice: 2h00
  • Frankfurt - Nice: 1h40
  • New York - Nice: 7h15
  • Dubai - Nice: 7h45
  • Moscow - Nice: 4h

Monaco is 30 minutes from the Nice Airport by road via the Autoroute A8 Highway, & 7 minutes by helicopter shuttle with departures every 30 minutes.

By Car

Take the A8 Highway, exit "Monaco".
From Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport, it takes approximately 30 minutes using the expressway to reach Monaco.


Parking is located at the Grimaldi Forum Monaco, Avenue Princesse Grace.

Approximately 100 meters from the Grimaldi Forum Monaco, there are 3 designated parking lots: Parking Larvotto & Parking Louis II, Boulevard Louis II.

However, it is recommended that you carpool when coming to the Grimaldi Forum:

By Bus

If you wish to take the bus from Nice Côte d’Azur International Airport to Monaco:

Bus Schedule

By Helicopter

If you wish to get to Monaco by helicopter from Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport.

Approximate cost: 130€

Helicopter booking


We have selected a number of conveniently located hotels where you may choose to stay. These hotels will be offering special rates to Forum attendees.
We strongly recommend that you stay at one of the listed hotels as they are located very close to the Grimaldi Forum.

List of official hotels:

The deadline to reserve your room is 26 May 2018.



Fairmont Monte Carlo

12, avenue des Spelugues - Monte Carlo, MC 98000

Meridien Beach Plaza

22 Avenue Princesse Grace - Monte Carlo, MC 98000

Novotel Monte Carlo**

16 Boulevard Princesse Charlotte - Monte Carlo, MC 98 000

Hermitage Monte Carlo

Square Beaumarchais - Monte Carlo, MC 98000

To benefit special rate, you must first formally register to attend the Forum.

Our logistics team will share more information about booking a room upon your registration

You can register through the formal invitation you received by email from

If you did not receive a copy, you can request an invite online at

Information related to Monaco


Various mobile operators offer international roaming agreements and good coverage in Monaco. Hotels will include access to a landline. However, local and international calls can be more expensive than calls placed on a cellular line.

We recommend checking with your mobile carrier before arrival to determine whether your coverage zone includes travel within France and Monaco.

Currency and Exchange Rates

The Principality of Monaco uses the Euro, abbreviated as €.


Monaco has warm Mediterranean, dry summers. Cool and rainy interludes can interrupt the dry summer season, the average length of which is also shorter.

Generally, temperatures do not drop below 20 °C (68 °F) in this season.


Monaco time during the summer is two hours ahead of GMT/UTC.

Electronic Devices

The Principality currently provides electricity at 220 volts AC. European type of plugs are used.


Q&A with Michèle Sabban


R20 Paris President, R20 Honorary President

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What are the major milestones that R20 has achieved since it was founded in 2010?

R20 - Regions of Climate Action is a not-for-profit international organization founded in November 2010 by Arnold Schwarzenegger with the support of the United Nations.

Its mission is to help sub-national governments, local authorities and mainly the regions, to develop projects which reduce carbon emissions or to put in place renewable energy and energy efficient systems.

Since its establishment, R20 has to its credit several important achievements, including a photovoltaic project with a capacity of 50 MW in Kita, Mali (the largest solar energy production project in West Africa today), a pipeline of LED street lighting projects (1.5 million lighting points) in half a dozen cities in Brazil, and a “Zero Waste, Energy Efficiency and Capacity Building” program for waste management and valorization in the Wilaya province of Oran, in Algeria.

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Following the signing of the Paris Agreement, we have continued to mobilize regions and territories so that they can be the first actors in the fight against climate change. Through the 100 Climate Solutions Project Campaign that we have launched with the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and the help of numerous partner networks (FMDV, ICLEI, ARDCI, Green Cross, etc.), we have been able to identify more than 400 green infrastructure projects in different sectors (renewable energies, waste processing, energy efficiency, construction, agriculture, etc…) Additionally, our teams have worked to put in place a value chain that will eventually finance some of the projects identified. We also continue to work on the establishment of the R20 Green Fund for Women, which we presented to the First Ladies of Africa and Europe in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), during the AU-EU Summit.

Can you tell us more about the Fund for Women in the Green Economy which you created and the role of women in combatting climate change?

Today, amongst the two billion poorest people in the world who are also the most impacted by the effects of climate change the vast majority are women and girls.

It is only recently that equality between women and men in sectors such as energy, agriculture, transport, construction and forestry has begun to be recognized as a key solution to increase enhance the effectiveness of the fight against climate change.

In view of these findings, during COP 22, R20 committed to launching a Green Fund for Women to contribute to the empowerment of women by giving them the means to contribute to ecological initiatives and to responsible and sustainable development. With this fund, we become a receptacle of very concrete initiatives that will benefit from our expertise, our network, and funding to speed things up.

In your view, what are the must urgent priorities for cities and territories in terms of meeting the commitments made during COP21 and the One Planet Summit?

Territories are key spaces for social cohesion and economic development. We are convinced that action at the regional level must be a priority.  Sub-national governments are the most well-positioned to implement sustainable projects because they are fully aware of the resources of their own territories. In collaboration with the various local actors and their fellow citizens, local entities have demonstrated that they are among the first to translate climate action on the ground and to develop operational tools.

COP21 and the One Planet Summit demonstrated concretely the strength of local ecosystems in the development of innovative projects and the establishment of a sustainable economy.

I think we need to build on that momentum and focus on three core priorities at the local level: Ecology, Education, and the Economy.