Initiated in 1974 by the United Nations, World Environment Day is celebrated every year on 5th June. The aim is to highlight support for actions taken to protect and improve the environment, a priority to which the Yacht Club de Monaco contributes with various initiatives. Having designed its new Clubhouse in compliance with HQE (Haute Qualité Environnementale) green building standards, YCM has since achieved ISO 14001 and recently the Egeo certificate issued by electricity/gas company, SMEG, confirming that all electricity used in the Club is generated by renewable sources. This gives it access to the e+ label benefits, governed by a “positive energy” Charter that references efficiency contributions by the sun, wind and water. The measure is fully in line with targets set by the Principality’s Energy Climate Plan.

The Club also develops initiatives at international events it organises, such as the Monaco Solar & Energy Boat Challenge (online edition 30th June – 4th July 2020). Launched in 2014, it focuses on zero emission propulsion by bringing together ideas from researchers, academics, future engineers, inventors and yachting and energy professionals. Determined to help build a cleaner future for the sector, Yacht Club de Monaco has its finger on the pulse of innovations where the future is being shaped in the present.