An eco-responsible approach 

ISO 14001

In an ongoing quest to seek solutions to the environmental problems of our time, since 1st January 2018 the YCM has been committed to ensuring the electricity it uses come from renewable energy sources. The initiative follows various actions already taken which include achieving ISO 14001 certification in June 2016, a management system giving the Club eco-responsible organisation status.

It is this spirit which drives the YCM’s sustainable policy, the aim being to guarantee the needs of present generations while preserving resources for future generations. This commitment to the environment determines key objectives of our progress on waste management, prevention and control of pollution risks, preservation of natural resources and implementation of a sustainable purchasing policy.

Keen to offer solutions to the environmental issues of our time, since 1 January 2018 Y.C.M. has been committed to ensuring that its electricity consumption is generated from renewable energy sources. This initiative echoes the various initiatives already put in place in the past, as demonstrated by the ISO 14001 certification obtained in June 2016, a management approach that confers on the Y.C.M. the status of an eco-responsible company.

As part of its CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) policy, the Yacht Club de Monaco is carrying out a number of initiatives, such as recycling water from its swimming pool using technology developed by the company FGWRS. This sustainable approach helps to protect the environment and manage water resources responsibly. The recycled water is returned to the pool, in particular during the filter cleaning sequence, instead of the drinking water normally used for this purpose.

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Nothing lost, everything to gain

After boosting its tender fleet last year with three electric tenders for supervising sailing pupils in the Sports Section and for the Club’s regattas, then equipping the YCM Marina with rapid-charging stations for electric boats, the Yacht Club de Monaco has decided to replace the fuel used on its vessels by a certified 100% sustainable energy source. Compatible with all diesel engines, this eco-circular synthetic biofuel has its origins in the food industry, as it is produced by refining waste cooking oils. Nothing is lost, everything is converted with this initiative that can reduce carbon impact by 85%. The Club’s current committee boat Seabus is the first vessel in YCM fleet to make the switch, which it did today, to be followed by the Club’s flagship Tuiga.


An obvious choice

The biofuel’s numerous advantages include a significant reduction in greenhouse gas and particulate emissions, elimination of exhaust fumes and odours, reduced engine noise in harbour areas, and ability to maximise its autonomy. It is also guaranteed not to cause marine pollution in the event of an accident and leakage at sea. Called BTL.Re and supplied by Romano-Energy, the biofuel demonstrates traceability back to its origins. YCM will be methodically monitoring it through a protocol of regular analysis of the engine oil on converted vessels which will be carried out after each oil change to gain a clearer picture of its impact.


HQE approach

This emblematic building has been designed in response to the local climate and sets high standards in sustainable design that complies with HQE standards. A passive design, the structure balances shade and natural light and the glass facades can be opened for natural ventilation. Photovoltaic cells, solar thermal panels and sea water cooling systems take advantage of the sun and waterfront site. LED low energy lighting, state of the art systems to manage energy use, waste and water, and points to recharge electric-powered cars have been integrated into the design.

Account has been taken of the life-time sustainability of the building, a factor behind the choice of local materials such as the use of European oak on the terraces, isolation panels and recycled aggregates for the foundations, as well as employing local companies. The Green Building approach also aims to minimise the impact of building works on the neighbours.


Materials used

Only FSC (Forest Stewardship Council ensuring sustainable forestry) wood has been used.

External timber flooring: FSC Elondo Ivorense Hardwood. Processed and dried in Europe.

Interior: FSC European Oak for the parquet floors with joints picking up the detail on boats, making large surfaces reflecting the natural movement of the wood.

Interior wall cladding: big format gloss white lacquered panels with aluminium inserts, giving maximum flexibility for hanging.

Internal ceilings: FSC European oak triangular slats with acoustic backing.

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Egeo certificate

Another big step for the environment

The Yacht Club de Monaco remains committed to the environment by acquiring the Egeo certificate confirming that all electricity used in the Club is generated from renewable energy sources. Issued by SMEG (Société Monégasque d’Electricité et de Gaz), the certificate gives the Club access to the e+ label which is fully in line with targets set by Monaco’s Energy Climate Plan towards transition to cleaner sources. Governed by a “positive energy” Charter, the e+ label references efficiency contributions from the sun, wind and water to encourage businesses to ramp up their eco-responsible efforts. In taking yet another step towards a cleaner future, the YCM continues to write pages for a future it knows will be sustainable.


YCM’s Sports Section has invested in three electric tenders to supervise sailing classes for young sailors. The new generation is also being made aware of the marine environment during SeAdventure Camps with visits to the Oceanographic Museum, coastal walks and lessons in values and rules that need to be respected when at sea.

During regattas, YCM now uses dynamic buoys equipped with an electric motor to position them remotely during a race. There is no need toa anchor them to the seabed which is much better for the environment.


24 Biohuts installed in the YCM Marina

Yacht Club de Monaco is giving its full supports to a new initiative to develop an ecological corridor in Port Hercule, by allowing 24 marine fauna nurseries to be installed in the YCM Marina. Since 2014, the Maritime Affairs Department (DAM), Environment Department (DE) and the body that runs Monaco’s harbours, Société d’Exploitation des Ports de Monaco (SEPM) have been installing the Ecocéan company’s “Biohuts” in the Principality’s two harbours to create artificial habitats. In effect, they are recreating the  nursery function of rocky and sandy seabed habitats, by protecting larvae from predators to give them more chance to survive into adulthood. The Biohuts have proved effective judging by the biannual scientific monitoring reports from BIOTOPE which has recorded the presence of 416 fish of different species and a well-developed and varied fauna. That’s why DAM, the DE and SEPM have decided to continue with the partnership for another four years. A total of 79 of these nurseries were installed, covering Port Hercule and Port of Fontvieille to help restore this human-activity-impacted ecosystem.


Water awareness program

Raising awareness of the use of water for boat cleaning
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