- sustainable development | renewable energy | biodiversity
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- Maltese, English
- Yes-Europe Malta
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As the first Event organised by YES-Europe Malta, this Webinar will delve into three very pertinent topics, especially relevant for the Maltese Islands. The substance of the discussion, when combined with YES-Europe Malta’s aims, will make up for an excellent opportunity for youths and adults alike to listen to what professionals and practitioners in the fields have to say, together with the opportunity to ask questions.
The first topic for discussion will be renewable energy and electricity generation in Malta. The questions such as what other renewable energy solutions should or could be adopted beyond solar power, together with political strategies the country has for its transition to cleaner energy, will be asked. Secondly, as a small Island state, with limited natural resources and a growing population, sustainable development should be at the heart of any discussion, ensuring that the Maltese society is committed to furthering this aim. Finally, with pollinators being under threat worldwide, the EU is launching many strategies to decrease dependence on pesticides and counteract their demise. What is Malta doing in parallel to safeguard them?
In July 2021, the European Commission adopted the “Fit for 55” package, adopting energy legislation to meet the objective of a minimum of 55% reduction in GHGs by 2030; placing the EU firmly on the path towards climate neutrality by 2050. It is a fact that Malta’s size and limited available renewable resources, can hamper its efforts to shift into renewable energy production – nonetheless, continuous investment is encouraged for the islands to reach their targets at least with regards to electricity generation, to reduce dependency on fossil fuels, lower GHG emissions and create jobs in ‘green’ technologies.
This panel will focus on the policies that Malta is currently implementing in order to reach its targets whilst also listening to what Maltese practitioners in Malta have to say about this.
In 2015, the United Nations set up a list of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), designed to build a blueprint for a more sustainable future, and targeting that such goals are achieved by 2030. Sustainability has been defined as ‘development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’. Anything which is consumed and comes to an end is by definition, non-sustainable. In recent years, concerns have been, and still are being, raised in relation to the ongoing urbanisation of the Maltese islands which have impacted the very limited natural environment and resources the islands enjoy.
The panel will focus on which way Malta is moving towards in respect of sustainable development, tackling the ever-growing concerns of the rapid development throughout the two main islands.
Over 75% of crops and wild plants in Europe need pollinators to multiply and yield fruit. Saying that pollinators are important for a healthy environment in a wild understatement. Worryingly, native pollinators are on the decline. The prime suspects, as ever, are habitat fragmentation, pesticides, climate change and diseases. With pollinators under threat, so is our food and economy. To counter this, the EU has launched a number of strategies and policies to decrease dependence on pesticides through a focus on pollinators, as well as affecting changes to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
This panel will shine a light on the steps Malta is taking to safeguard our pollinators, while gaining some insight from local researchers.