Fabian Demicoli

Eco Sustainability

GRTU Renewable Energy Section
representative, Noel Gauci attended an interesting round-table discussion
related to country specific recommendations of the Commission to Malta in
relation to Eco Sustainability. Anne Charlotte Becker, the policy officer for internal
and inter-institutional relations within the Commission Directorate General for
Climate Change, took particular interest in arguments raised by GRTU. In fact
she intends to keep contact and seek information through GRTU in the future.

She was mainly interested
in the fact that we have been preaching that renewable energy projects need to
generate green jobs, as this is the main concern of the Commission regarding
Malta. GRTU emphasized that we are basing ourselves on the interconnector but
this will not create jobs locally. Mr Gauci also made reference to the new
power stations and Ms Becker stated that these make little difference when it
comes to emissions. Her main point was that reaching emission targets is not
enough, we need to create green jobs as well. This has been sustained
constantly by GRTU when we emphasize that projects like the PV farm, which we
as GRTU are also promoting, should be managed by a wider organization that
would split the work generated by the investment between all qualified
installer so that everyone can reap the benefits instead of having a tender won
by one company.

Mr Gauci also went on to
make a number of suggestions in line with Eco Sustainability:

–    Having
charging points for electric vehicles installed across Malta and Gozo that
would encourage drivers to    purchase
electric vehicles.

–    Education
campaigns to encourage people to walk or cycle short distances rather than
using their car, along      with proper
safe cycle lanes.

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