Gozo can reach carbon neutrality before Malta’s 2050 target

MEP Miriam Dalli and the Gozo Business Chamber said they believe that Gozo can lead the way in clean and innovative technologies post COVID-19.

During a meeting, Dalli said that she agrees with the Gozo Business Chamber that business sustainability can help Gozo retain its unique features and attract specific economic niche markets for the sister island.

In view of the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemics, MEP Miriam Dalli and the Gozo Business Chamber discussed ideas on how Gozo can be geared towards being an island that serves as a testing ground for innovative solutions that can help achieve decarbonisation. Amongst the ideas discussed were electrification and Zero Emission Vehicles, solar power technology, teleworking options, and other innovative technologies that are being tested with the aim of being rolled out on the market.

MEP Miriam Dalli said that this proactive way of thinking can put Gozo in the forefront of European targets. “Although the EU aims to be climate-neutral by 2050, this target can be reached before in Gozo, thanks to its small size, with clear willingness and direction by all,” said Dalli.

The Gozo Chamber and MEP Dalli exchanged examples of how this can be obtained, such as by testing the use of widespread electric vehicles, promoting remote working across the island and the idea of incentives to help attract specific industries to Gozo.

The ideas were discussed in the context of a climate-neutral economy that will eventually produce net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, an objective at the heart of the European Green Deal.

On Friday the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety within the Europen Parliament adopted their report on the EU climate law with 46 votes for, 18 against and 17 abstentions.

In a statement released on Friday the European Parliament said that the MEPs support the EU climate law’s overall aim to enshrine the climate neutrality goal by 2050 in EU legislation but at the same time, they request a more ambitious 2030 target.

During her visit to Gozo Miriam Dalli emphasised on the importance that we support local products. She has also visited a Gozitan family-owned business that is striving to do business in an innovative and sustainable way. The family explained their no-waste policy, whereby tomato peels and seeds are returned to farmers to provide nutrients for their soil or to feed animals. Seasonal local vegetables are used in order to produce genuine Gozitan products, that are in turn sold to local businesses and consumers or exported.

The MEP urged Gozitan businesses to think in a long-term manner, in order to make their businesses resilient against the various challenges that they will inevitably face.