Malta, Romania referred to court over alternative fuels infrastructure

The European Commission has referred Malta and Romania to the Court of Justice for failing to notify their national policy frameworks on alternative fuels infrastructure. Member States were required to notify their frameworks to the Commission by 18th November 2016 but the two nations have failed to do so. The frameworks are the main instrument […]

EU approves support for Malta’s gas and power project

Malta’s plans to pay the operator of a power plant for providing electricity to an energy company has been approved by the European Commission. The measure compensates Electrogas “for the additional cost of fulfilling public service obligations”. In June last year, Malta notified plans to support the Delimara Gas and Power Energy Project to the […]

EU approves Luxembourg and Malta’s state aid for renewables

Luxembourg and Malta’s plans to provide state aid for renewable energy projects have been approved by the European Commission. It said the schemes will increase power production from green sources, in line with EU energy objectives, without distorting competition. The Luxembourg scheme introduces premium payments to support operators of wind, solar, biogas, hydropower and biomass […]

Prince Charles proposes green financing initiative

Prince Charles has proposed a new initiative to ensure small-scale environmental projects receive financing. The ‘Commonwealth Green Finance Facility’ sets out cost efficient and effective guarantees for green projects that struggle to get funding. The programme will seek investment from sovereign wealth funds and pension funds. The Prince of Wales made the announcement at the […]

Prince Charles: COP21 an opportunity to build resilient future

The UN climate conference in Paris is an opportunity to build “a truly resilient future” for the next few generations. The Prince of Wales made the comment yesterday at the 10th Commonwealth Business Forum in Malta, which brought together 1,300 business leaders from around 80 countries. He said the Commonwealth, its members and businesses have […]

Go go green farmhouses on Gozo

A set of farmhouses on the Maltese island of Gozo have bagged an “eco” label to certify they are “environmentally friendly” – just in time for holiday season. The second-largest island of seven in Malta, Gozo is known for its prickly pear liqueur, Neolithic temples and a coastal rock formation called the Azure window (pictured). […]

Malta to replace street lights with energy efficient bulbs

All the street lamps on the Mediterranean isle of Malta will be replaced with energy efficient lights, the Maltese Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi said this week. The “intelligent” street lighting will first be installed in a pilot project on neighbouring island Gozo – famed for its abundant prickly pears – next before being rolled out […]

Malta hunts for spaces to put solar farms

The sun-blessed island of Malta is looking to make the most of its natural resources by kick-starting a solar farm policy. Officials at the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) are working on plans with the Ministry for Energy and Conservation of Water. Space for large scale solar farms on precious agricultural land is clearly […]

UK’s Dogger Bank is new EU protected site

The EU has added 235 sites to its protected environment network – including a stretch of water off the UK coastline which shares its name with a new offshore wind farm project in the North Sea. Dogger Bank was included because its sandbank habitats are important spawning and nursery grounds for many commercial fisheries. The […]

EU poll finds householders out of touch on waste

Almost 60% of EU residents do not think their household produces too much waste, according to a survey published today. But this is in stark contrast to statistics that show Europeans throw away on average more than half a tonne of rubbish every year. Today’s European Union-backed survey gauged perceptions, attitudes and practices of EU […]