Our Environment

The environment affects our way of life, our health, and our self-esteem.

What we do for the environment has an impact on our daily lives and is the path to safeguard the future.

When I was Minister responsible for the environment, I regularly engaged with NGOs that work within this sector since their contribution is truly invaluable. We also began to provide for sustainability structures where NGOs would have a direct input into formulation of national policies and action plans.

A major challenge that had to be addressed was with regard to waste management. With the help of experts who were appointed with the assistance of funding that was provided by the European Union in anticipation of membership, I had seen to the drawing up of Malta’s first ever Waste Management Plan.

We used to affectionately refer to it as our Green Manual – it was not merely a plan that laid out basic principles, but also a precise time line for the actions that needed to be carried out – ranging from closing down Maghtab to providing for an engineered landfill that can be used for hazardous waste, identifying new waste treatment options where waste can become a commodity by reducing, re-using and recycling waste – using waste to produce new products from it as well as to produce energy. The plan also provided for separation of waste at source and providing the required infrastructure to handle waste in an environment friendly manner.

On another front, I faced the challenge of placing in action aninnovative approach to the issue of ensuring that the bathing waters surrounding our country will be clean and clear from liquid waste – by treating that waste and transforming it into second class water that can be used for agricultural purposes. This is what led to our bathing waters being declared among the cleanest in all of Europe.
Taking care of the environment goes well beyond declarations of principle. It is ultimately about how we wish and deserved to live. Our future and our way of life remain linked with how we look upon the environment.

See my track record in Our Environment