University’s CCP discusses paths to low carbon economy in Malta
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The Climate Change Platform (CCP) of the University of Malta recently organised its first Climate Change Research Seminar Series. The aim of these research seminars was twofold: it presented state of the art research developed by members of the University of Malta, and identified gaps where further research is needed to support policy.
The CCP, set up under the auspices of the Islands and Small States Institute, aims at facilitating collaborations between University of Malta entities and individuals interested in climate change issues, and to promote research and teaching initiatives relating to climate change.
Joseph F. Caruana, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change, opened the seminar, highlighting the number of initiatives that the ministry has initiated on climate change, especially the climate action board and the climate fund.
Prof. Simone Borg, Climate Change Ambassador and Climate Change Platform Chair, stressed the importance of the CCP to support current knowledge on climate change issues in Malta.
The keynote address was delivered by Prof. Maria Attard, Director of the University of Malta's Institute of Sustainable Development and Climate Change and Vice Chair of the Climate Change Platform, and Dr Philip von Brockdorff, Head of the University of Malta's Economics Department, who presented the results of research showing the high economic costs of congestions in Malta, which could be addressed with the right set of policy and economic instruments, such as investments in better walking infrastructures and a circulation charge.
The panel discussion, moderated by Dr Stefano Moncada, Climate Change Platform Focal Point, included Ms Kathiana Ghio, Director, Environment and Climate Change Directorate, Ministry for Sustainable Development, the Environment and Climate Change, Mr Saviour Vassallo, Malta Resources Authority, Mr Jim Wightman, Bicycle Advocacy Group, Dr Edward Mallia, Friends of the Earth Malta, together with the presenters of the key note address.