C02 emissions from energy production down by half – NSO

C02 emissions from Malta’s power plants dropped by just over half in the last 4 years, new figures show.

According to the National Statistics Office, the period between 2014 and 2018 saw a drop in emissions from 1,657 kilotons of C02 to 701 kilotons (provisional figures).

The years in between also saw a drop in emissions, from 2015 (887kts) to 2016 (581kts). There was a rise in emissions during 2017 (727kts) before the current provisional figure for 2018.

This is also reflected in gross production of electricity per megawatt hour. While the level of emissions has gone down, production levels remain high. This is particularly reflected in the period between July and September.

In 2014, the levels were represented as; July (221,634mwh), August (227,821mwh) and September (216,820mwh). This slumped during the 2015 and 2016 period before rising again in 2017. But 2018 the high demand months were recorded as; July (218,937mwh), August (220,180) and September (192,172mwh).

Focusing specifically on megawatt electricity production per hour from power plants, August 2018 saw the highest amount generated at 200,565mwh.

As for electrical production from renewable energy sources, NSO reports that Photovoltaic panels were the main source of this power in 2018 (189,576mwh). The biggest production months were May (21,479mwh), June (22,216mwh) and July (22.024mwh).

The report also points out that Malta’s net imports of electricity supply dropped in 2018.

The figures show that of the gross electrical supply of 2,532,606mwh, there was only 631,293mwh imported. This marked a drop from the 1,053,981mwh imported in 2014.