MECP Consultations – June 16, 2021

The Ministry for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning has launched two important public consultations, namely, Malta’s Low Carbon Development Strategy and a Green Paper Towards Cleaner Vehicles on our Roads.

Below please find background notes on each of the consultations, including links to the documents and where to submit feedback. Both consultations will be open for feedback until July 13.


Low Carbon Development Strategy for Malta

The Strategy has been developed in line with the EU’s long-term strategy to achieve climate neutrality by 2050, under which each Member State is required to plan and communicate a Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS or ‘Strategy’) out to 2050. The draft for Malta’s LCDS has been prepared according to the process outlined in the Regulation on the governance of the Energy Union and Climate Action (EU/2018/1999), following the publication of the Low Carbon Development Vision (LCDV) in 2017.

Government has already committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2050, as part of its five pillars of economic growth and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The LCDS is being spearheaded by the Ministry for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning (MECP), with considerable inter-ministerial collaboration involved. This Strategy is the result of a three-year process, whereby mitigation measures have been researched, possible abatement levels quantified through Marginal Abatement Cost Curve modelling (i.e. ratio of abatement potential against incremental cost of measure), and stakeholder consultation, leading to a list of realistic and cost-effective measures.

The measures cover seven different sectors, namely: Energy, Transport, Buildings, Industry, Waste, Water and Agriculture and land-use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF), aimed to achieve target reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and also enabling Malta to reach its targets by 2030.  In addition, it includes adaptation measures, proposing initiatives which will help the country be resilient in the face of Climate Change impacts which are already hitting our islands.

The adaptation measures aim to address the specific risks and vulnerabilities which Malta faces given its nature as a small island state.

You are cordially invited to contribute by submitting your comments and/or suggestions on the subject matter by sending an email to: consultations.mecp@gov.mt by July 13, close of business.

Documents are accessible on Ambjent Malta and Online Consultations.


Green Paper towards Cleaner Vehicles on our Roads

The Green Paper on the use of cleaner vehicles on our roads was drafted with the intention to invite feedback from stakeholders and public in general regarding the announced ICE cut-off date.

In 2019, the Cleaner Vehicles Commission (CVC) was set up with the objective to propose a date by when new registrations of passenger cars and small vans that are not zero or low emission might not be permitted. Subsequently, between 2019 and 2020, the CVC held a number of consultations with different stakeholders that ranged from Government entities, to the vehicle related industry and users, to representatives of economic, social and civil society.

Furthermore, two studies have been commissioned to provide an analysis on potential cut-off dates and their impacts thereto.

In the case of Malta, a cut-off date might mean that it will not be possible to register the following type of new vehicles, unless they are not a zero or low emission vehicles:

L4 (motor-vehicles with less than 4-wheels);

M15 (vehicles used for carriage of passengers comprising not more than 8 seats in addition to the driver);

N16 (vehicles used for carriage of goods and having a maximum mass not exceeding 3.5 tons)

The following are being put forward to discuss further:

  1. Charging Points – accessibility of charging points and charging infrastructure.
  2. Air Quality – environmental issues in our localities are linked to air pollutant emissions.
  3. Certified technical people – required skills with ZLEV technology in particular for panel beaters and mechanics.
  4. Incentives and disincentives –Government launched incentives to promote the uptake of electric vehicles.
  5. Cut-off date – This would give a clear path for the transformation of the road transport sector.

You are cordially invited to contribute the second-round of broad public consultation by submitting your input to the most relevant questions presented in the Green Paper by sending an email to: info.cleanervehicles@gov.mt by July 13, close of business.

Documents are accessible on Ambjent Malta and Online Consultations.

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