Cannes named “Destination Innovante Durable

At the General Meeting of France Congrès et Evénements held today in Paris, the “Destination Innovante Durable” label was awarded to le Palais des Festivals et des Congrès. This recognition is awarded to tourist locations that stand out for their commitment to sustainable development and their ability to innovate.

The label highlights destinations’ efforts to reconcile economic growth, environmental preservation and social responsibility. To obtain this label, le Palais des Festivals et des Congrès and the City of Cannes have joined forces with several partners (Hôtel Barrière Le Majestic Cannes, Hôtel Barrière Le Gray d’Albion Cannes and Lenôtre Traiteur).

Published on 21 June 2023
The City of Cannes has made

the environment a priority commitment

For several years, the municipality has been carrying out many actions to meet the environmental and energy challenge such as:

  • Greening up the city
  • Developing agricultural and garden areas
  • Decarbonizing public transport with electric and green hydrogen
  • The “Mobility Decarbonization Charter” which commits all coach operators serving Cannes’ destination to green practices in order to continue the fight against global warming
  • The major photovoltaic plan for the roofs of municipal buildings
  • The installation of a thalassothermal thalassothermal network on la Croisette to recover heat energy from the sea and cover the thermal needs of buildings
  • The use of raw water for washing roads and watering green spaces
  • The major “zero plastic” plan for all zero plastic” plan for all users of Cannes’ public domain
  • The posidonia protection plan
  • The “Cruise Charter” since summer 2019, under which cruise lines commit to using fuel with 0,1% sulfur fuel and to avoid posidonia meadows when maneuvering and anchoring. 100% of cruise lines mooring in Cannes have signed up
  • The creation of an underwater eco-museum in January 2021 to protect underwater flora and fauna.

A Palais des Festivals committed to sustainable development

As the city’s economic lung and Europe’s leading convention center, le Palais des Festivals et des Congrès is also pursuing its commitment to sustainable development.

After obtaining ISO 20121 certification, an international standard for the sustainable management of events, last December it became the first major convention center to become a société à mission, thus confirming its social and environmental commitment by enshrining in its status its raison d’être “to sustainably welcome the world”. Among the actions undertaken by le Palais des Festivals et des Congrès:

  • Eco-design and responsible, sustainable operation of new lounges
  • Sustainable waste management
  • Reducing its energy consumption, including the use of 100% green electricity from 2023
  • QSE – DD (quality safety environment – sustainable development)
  • Support for associations and other local players in favor of the environment, including the Fondation Cannes and the PRIME project (*)

(*)The PRIME (Posidonia Restoration Initiative for a resilient Mediterranean Ecosystem) project, supported by the Cannes Endowment Fund and the Cannes Foundation, is a joint venture between NaturDive and BlueLeaf Conservation. It involves setting up environmental awareness and education initiatives, as well as the deployment of a monitoring tool to protect the seabed and restore Posidonia meadows.

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