New infrastructure needs ‘real’ investment for bicycles – AD Chairperson

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The Chairperson of the Alternnativa Demokratika Party, Carmel Cacopardo, has told a party gathering on climate change, that government plans for infrastructure need ‘real investments in infrastructure for bicycles and pedelecs.’

Mr Cacopardo explained that ‘Transport is still a problem’, in Malta and this was not helped by the growing number of cars on the roads. He said that the current improvements to road infrastructure were adversely encouraging there to be more cars on the roads.

‘Consequently ‘this will negativate the progress being registered with the registered increases in the use of public transport.’, he said.

The Chairperson was addressing the public gathering in Valletta that was organised and attended by Youth members of the AD party (Alternattiva Demokratika Żgħażagħ).

Mina Tolu, the AD candidate for the European Parliament also told the gathering about the importance of finding ways for Malta to transition to a greener economy.

“We need investment to ensure efficient use of energy, as well as to ensure the transition to a sustainable economy and hundred per cent clean energy that better everyone’s quality of life and combat climate change. Scientists estimate that just twelve years are left before climate change becomes very difficult to reverse the impacts of climate change. Action at a local, European and global level is called for. Malta can set an example as to what it means to be a sustainable economy which ensures the quality of life of its citizens.”, she explained.

Our demands for the Government of Malta to tackle Climate Change – ADŻ

  1. Acknowledge the impact of climate change on Malta.

The climate crisis, environmental destruction and the overuse and misuse of natural resources is threatening our wellbeing. The Government of Malta needs to acknowledge the impact of climate change on Malta by taking the necessary steps towards a sustainable future. Climate targets and legally-binding policy measures need to be introduced to mitigate climate change.

  1. Implement the provisions of the Paris Agreement.

– reduce GHGs emissions by a minimum of 55% nationwide by 2030 – phase out natural gas energy by 2050 and transition towards industries powered by renewable energy – curb temperature overshoot by evolving into a net-zero emissions economy – track progress towards such climate goals through a robust transparency and accountability system

  1. Invest in alternative sustainable transport systems.

– devise educational campaigns promoting cycling, walking and using public transportation – construct cycling infrastructure and shared spaces for cyclists and pedestrians – achieve target of 50% of vehicles running on non-conventional fuels by 2030 – increase bus frequency and capacity – drastically increased subsidies on bicycle purchases, especially for students

  1. Establish a green-energy grid. Invest in in energy-efficient buildings.

– transition towards a green economy and renewable energy infrastructure, including solar power – introduce energy-saving power and technology in government institution buildings, as well as efficient insulation – ensure that all large-scale developments generate 100% of the energy needed

  1. Assemble a climate change mitigation panel.

Its mission and responsibilities should include the following: – assess the adverse impacts, future risks and climate hazards; – develop coping mechanisms, adaptation planning strategies and implementation to mitigate such risks – provide a holistic framework for evaluating the links between climate change, human welfare, economic prosperity and environmental protection – develop climate-resilient development pathways for the infrastructure and energy industries – promote transparency by enhancing the consultative role and participation of major groups and relevant stakeholders – implement evidence-based decision-making at all levels – provide political guidance and recommendations for sustainable development

  1. Enforce the PPP (Polluter-Pays-Principle).

– set a minimum carbon price to infrastructure and construction industries – introduce new tariffs on vehicle imports, depending on their GHG emissions