PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Environment Council Meeting for EU Ministers

Minister for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Jose Herrera participated in the Environment Council Meeting for EU Ministers in Brussels, whereby the main topics discussed were; the strategic long-term vision for a climate neutral economy, the Drinking Water Directive and the global pact for the environment.

Clean planet for all

Malta welcomed the Commission’s strategic long-term vision for climate change. Minister Herrera said that Malta’s geophysical realities are well-known, limiting our climate mitigation and adaptation potential.

With this in mind, Malta is currently carrying out an in-depth analysis of its marginal abatement costs to be mapped out through our Low Carbon Development Strategy.

Minister Herrera stated that Malta has already registered significant improvement, particularly in the energy sector and Malta is already promoting economic incentives to increase private investments and encourage diversification of transport modes.

The Minister noted that the transition to clean mobility is an issue which we wish to see reflected further.

Global Pact for the Environment

With regards to discussions calling for commitments towards a Global Pact for the Environment, Minister Herrera stated that Malta recently amended its Constitution to introduce environment as a fundamental human right.

In his intervention the Minister said that this is a step in the right direction as it is enshrining environment protection in our supreme national legislation, whilst also being in line with the spirit behind the proposed global pact for the environment.

Drinking Water Directive

In view of the revision of the Drinking Water Directive, Malta supported the General Approach in the spirit of compromise.

The Directive is related to the access to water with due consideration to the marginalised and vulnerable communities by providing a strong regulatory regime to protect the health and well-being of citizens.

Source: Government of Malta