Monte Carlo Clean Car Show
Monte Carlo Welcome For Clean Car Show
by Henri Boulanger
Europes car industry is displaying the latest innovations for more
environmentally friendly products in Monaco next month, and included will
be the very latest green, clean vehicles.
Famous for the annual Monaco Grand Prix, the new car show ties in with
Monacos stance on the environment and carbon emissions.
Since becoming Soverign two years ago, Prince Albert has made the
environment a top issue in the principality, and has raised the subject on
many occasions with diplomats and politicians throughout the world.
Prince Albert signed the Kyoto Protocol, taking Monaco out of the small
group of countries who hadnt ratified the treaty, almost immediately
and shortly after took a trip to the Arctic to see for himself and
publicise the damage being done by global warming there.
A new island is to be built off Monte Carlo to house a museum,
apartments and a school, and will add some 400 acres to Monacos territory, the
second smallest country in the world. Bidders for the development have
been told that it is must be environmentally and marine life friendly.
Entry is free for members of the public who want to attend the motor
show, and several of the European science community, universities
involved in fossil fuel alternatives and motor manufacturers will be
The show runs from Thursday March 29 to Sunday April 1 at the Grimaldi
Forum, Avenue Princess Grace, close to Monte Carlos Casino Square.
There will also be a Monte Carlo style street rally for the public to
view the cars in and around Casino Square, scene of some of the Monaco
Grand Prix circuit.
Monte Carlo And Carbon Emissions
Prince Albert visited the North Pole shortly after becoming Sovereign
to publicise how the Arctic regions are changing with global warming,
and one of his first acts was to sign the Kyoto Protocol – along with the
US, Monaco was one of the few countries in the world not to endorse it
before Prince Albert put pen to paper.
As well as the Monaco Grand Prix, the principality is Europes best
known tax haven, with residents enjoying a zero rated income tax.
With property prices among the highest in the world, residents of
Monaco normally need to spend six months a year there to maintain residency.
An announcement has been made recently that a new island is to be built
off Monte Carlo, and this will provide more land and property in the
worlds second smallest country.
Bidders for the development have been asked to take the environment
into account – and also the Monaco Grand Prix. Which suggests a possible
new route for the race.
Despite being one of the worlds most glamourous sporting events the
Monaco Grand Prix is notorious for a lack of overtaking opportunities,
and the new space might in time address the historical criticism of the
Property prices in Monaco are high due to the lack of land – in the
past one of the districts, Fontvieille, had much of its area reclaimed
from the sea, but property prices there equal those of the better known
One of the most popular buildings in Fontvieille, Seaside Plaza, has
average prices of three to four million Euros for a three bedroom
apartment, and a four bedroom four bathroom one is currently on the market at
close to ten million Euros.
One property company who specialise in Monaco property doubt that
prices will ease much.
By the time the development is finished prices would probably have
gone up in Monaco anyway, and this new development on the housing side is
likely to be aiming for quality rather than quantity, they claim.
Its almost certain that the properties will be snapped up by investors
off-plan, and then come back to the market with a premium once the
buildings are complete. The development in itself will attract more attention
to the Monaco property market. In the short and medium term prices are
likely to rise in Monaco rather than fall.
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