Participate in ‘Monaco Smart and Sustainable Marina 2022’, a rendezvous that brings together an ecosystem of entrepreneurs and startups to meet industrialists, financiers, promotors, marina developers and architects in the quest to find innovative solutions to promote development of virtuous marinas.
At the first edition last year, this unprecedented networking event, supported by the Prince Albert II Foundation and the Monaco Government’s digital transformation programme, Extended Monaco, awarded prizes to three startups (Terroïko, Greencity Organisation and H2X-Ecosystems).
All participants, including 50 international startups presented in the event’s E-Catalogue, praised the selection process which included one-on-one Grand Oral interviews and a Consensus Meeting that put them into direct contact with industrialists and investors.
Keen to develop an initiative that achieves tangible results, for the second edition (25-26 September 2022) organiser M3 (Monaco Marina Management) is extending the concept to operating marinas or those in development or on the drawing board, and architects who have worked on marinas by inviting them to present their programmes to reduce their environmental footprint.
Three prizes will be awarded: one for startups, a second for marinas and a third for architects.
Rendezvous 24th March 2022 for an online presentation on what to expect from the second edition.
Catalyst for Innovation
The second edition of Monaco Smart and Sustainable Marina aims to highlight the start-ups, marinas and architects in order to promote the innovation and know-how of international industry players. While demographic forecasts estimate that over 75% of the world’s population will be living in coastal regions by 2035, and given the yachting sector is expanding fast around the world with new destinations and marinas coming on stream, Monaco Smart and Sustainable Marina provides a unique exchange platform to put forward tangible solutions to build, design and innovate virtuous marinas.
Decision makers of the Yacht Club de Monaco ecosystem.
Platform to promote
Communicate initiatives in favour of an approach to yachting that fully respects the environment.
Catherine de Roincé | CEO
TerrOïko develops new technologies applied to biodiversity and inspired by the best scientific & digital advances. We offer our clients analysis, modeling and visualization solutions of environmental data mobilizing new technologies for biodiversity management & monitoring such as digital twins, IoT & Deep learning.
GREEN CITY ORGANISATION
Isabelle Gerente | CEO
Our startup designs solutions for monitoring and protecting the sea. Our patented solution captures waste before it reaches the sea, and targets rainwater drain outlets, especially those in ports and marinas before waste spills into the sea.
“The global impacts of climate change are expected to continue increasing in frequency and severity and will be irreversible for centuries, even millennia, and are undeniably linked to human activity,” said Marisa Drew, Chief Sustainability Officer & Global Head Sustainability Strategy, Advisory and Finance at Credit Suisse. The financial sector has a role to play, particularly in the blue economy. Investing in sustainable solutions can and should be used as leverage for inspiring strategies for new businesses.
The emergency is now, it is time to act - and in a thoughtful manner as evidenced by new resorts along the Red Sea region “inspired by nature to develop a conceptual resort that will leave the coastline intact,” as explained by Nicholas King, in charge of the Red Sea Development project in Saudi Arabia.
The European Commission continues to support development projects promoting sustainable maritime ecosystems, confirmed Linos Voskarides from the EC’s Directorate General Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.
Yacht owners have got the measure of the problem. While Richard Attias and Murat Vargi evoked the need for marinas to be pleasant places to live, Georges Cohen emphasised that before that happens it is vital some key aspects be addressed.
Appropriate electrification, as in Monaco, use of a clean fuel so as to no longer rely on diesel generators, application of existing regulations, managing grey and black water, and drinking water, recycling, etc. – all are challenges that many marinas need to address, as highlighted by Marco Casiraghi. Both speakers insisted those who do not respect the environment must pay the price for poor conduct. They were joined by superyacht captain Matthias du Verle for whom these changes should involve the concept and design of a yacht.
Concerns about sustainability took up most of the discussions between operators and developers. Beyond talking about practical solutions, often existing but not necessarily implemented, the international panel (Bahamas, China, Saudi Arabia, Monaco) insisted on the need to exceed the regulations.
While everyone admitted sustainable developments involved a big investment, they were seeing the value and not just from an ecological point of view. “Investment in protecting the environment should be included in companies’ accounts and incorporated into the overall value of any enterprise, which is not the case,” believes Brendan Jack, Director Sustainable Development at AMAALA (Saudi Arabia). Wang Dafu, President of the Visun Group in China echoed what had been said before explaining that use of green energy should be a priority combined with a much better use of resources.
Of the hundred-plus applications, only 55 companies from 30 countries were shortlisted to participate by the experts at Blumorpho. The adventure continued with the Grand Oral of interviews conducted by a jury of experts comprising 32 industrialists investors and representatives from companies who are a reference in their field.
Led by Credit Suisse, Bombardier, SBM Offshore, Veolia, Bouygues Construction, Colas, Bosch, Suez, Holcim, PureTerra Ventures, BtoV, Circularity Capital, SNGLR, SMEG, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Yacht Club de Monaco and NGE Connect, 160 online interviews were organised over a period of three weeks. During these orals, each startup had a chance to defend and promote their project in the hope of winning one of the Monaco Smart & Sustainable Marine Awards announced at the end of the day on 20th September.
After a Consensus Meeting (Thursday 16th September), 15 were selected in the following categories: equipment, health, energy optimisation, waste treatment, biodiversity and security. A handful went on to win the much anticipated prizes.
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José Marco CaselliniCEO of Monaco Marina Management
Frédéric GentaInterministerial delegate in charge of Monaco’s digital transition
Bernard d’AlessandriGeneral Secretary, Yacht Club de Monaco
Michel BuffatHead of Aviation & Yacht Finance, Credit Suisse
Olivier WendenVice-President and CEO of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation
Christopher DegoumisVice President, International Sales & Services at Bombardier
Scott HallSenior Vice President, Maritime Systems, Teledyne Brown Engineering
Didier BeynetMonaco Country General Manager at SBM Offshore
Géraldine A. GustinCEO of Blumorpho
Héléna BianchiVice President of NGE Connect
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