Publication of the Principality of Monaco's Contribution with regard to the Forthcoming Paris Climate Conference
Reaffirming its commitment to protecting climatic balance, the Prince's Government has communicated its National Contribution to the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) with regard to the forthcoming Paris Climate Change Conference.
The 196 States Parties to the UNFCCC will meet in Paris in December to adopt a legally binding, universal agreement with the aim of pursuing and strengthening efforts to limit the rise in global temperatures to less than 2°C in comparison to pre-industrial levels.
In this respect, all the countries are invited to announce, on a voluntary basis, the contribution that they can make to achieve the aims of the agreement.
Following the announcements by the European Union, the United States, China and other countries, making up a total of 48 parties, the Principality of Monaco is today presenting the target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030 in comparison to 1990.
This target follows on from the commitment to make a reduction of 30% by 2020 as proposed by the Principality for the second phase of the Kyoto Protocol and sets Monaco on the path to carbon neutrality by the end of 2050, in accordance with the wishes of H.S.H. Prince Albert II.
By making such a commitment, the Prince's Government is confirming the positions that it has adopted since the start of negotiations relating to the future regime, i.e. the fact that the agreement must be ambitious and applicable to all the Parties in line with national capacity. It expresses the wish that the commitment of all the Parties will make it possible to achieve the objective of limiting the average rise in global temperatures to less than 2 degrees in comparison to pre-industrial levels and, as far as possible, to less than 1.5°C.
To date, the Principality has reduced its emissions by 13.2 % in comparison to 1990 and has met its objective of reducing its emissions by an average of 8% during the period of 2008-2012 in comparison to 1990 as part of its participation in the first phase of the Kyoto Protocol.
The Government intends to meet these new commitments through action that will cover its three major emissions sectors as a priority, namely:
- Road transport.
- Waste treatment.
- Energy consumption in buildings.
Discussions are under way in each of these areas with a view to continuing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Principality.
Attachment to download: National Contribution
Link to the UNFCCC's web portal setting out all of the National Contributions:
 The latest known figure relates to emissions for the year 2012.