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Public Consultation on the Low Carbon Development Strategy Vision Document


From: Ministry for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate change
​Published on: ​29 May 2017
Running till: ​21 July 2017
​Last Updated: ​24 July 2017
1.        Background
Malta has initiated the process of developing a national Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS) in accordance with requirements under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), European Union legislation and the Climate Action Act, 2015 (CAP543).  Malta’s Low Carbon Development Strategy during its preparation, will aim to take into account the particular circumstances and realities of the country especially those aspects that link socio-economic development with climate action. This will be possible through having a clear and in-depth understanding of the current situation of Malta and the expectations of the country for future development. Given, the particular specificities of our country and in view of being a vulnerable island in the Mediterranean, although it is not the practice, Malta’s Low Carbon Development Strategy will also incorporate the National Adaptation Strategy. The outcome to have the adaptation strategy within the LCDS was concluded in the comprehensive, wide ranging scoping exercise, which is one of the phases in the process towards the adoption of a LCDS for Malta.
Society’s involvement in sharing Government’s vision begins today. Through this document this administration wishes to set a vision that gathers political and societal support such that, irrespective of which administration governs Malta, the vision remains unaltered in terms of its final goal. This will create stability and a positive climate for investment. It will mitigate against free riders for whom the status quo is the most comfortable position. To this effect we are launching the following questions to stimulate the consultation process that will eventually lead to the development of Malta’s first ever low carbon development strategy and which will set Malta on the irreversible road to decarbonisation.
2.        Consultation Questions
Q1. Do you agree with this vision? Can it be further refined?
Q2. What aspects do you retain to be crucial to secure a transition to a decarbonised economy by 2050?
Q3. What developments would you expect to see in Malta’s economic policy to further support and possibly accelerate a transition to a low carbon economy?
Q4. Which aspects of energy policy, regulation and infrastructure should Malta focus upon to ensure that decarbonisation truly occurs?
Q5. Does Malta’s transport strategy and plan sufficiently address the decarbonisation challenge for 2050?
Q6. How can buildings contribute towards lower GHG emissions and hence act as a catalyst to a decarbonised socio-economic state of affairs?
Q7. In what ways can we value resources such as water and waste in order to maximise their potential to serve as vehicles towards decarbonising our economy?
Q8. How can the agricultural sector support a decarbonised economy?
Q9. What financial instruments could complement this vision for a low carbon economy?
Q10. At what stages should Malta’s educational system be reinforced to be able to produce the next cadre of professionals, technicians, administrators and workforce that will secure a seamless transition to a decarbonised economy?
3.        Documents
4.        Submission of input
The Ministry for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change wishes to invite public entities, private sector organisations, constituted bodies, civil society and individuals to assist the development of Malta’s Low Carbon Development Strategy by providing feedback in the form of answers to the 10 questions put forward in this document. Additional suggestions may also be put forward.
Electronic submissions should be addressed to
Postal submission should be mailed to the Directorate General for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change Division, 6 Qormi Road, Santa Venera SVR 1302
Submissions were received by the 21st July 2017.
We thank you for your input.
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