PD calls for green procurement in an all in government approach
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Partit Demokratiku has stated that “Malta has no political direction in favour of the construction sustainability and in the demolition of building.”
PD added that “a circular economy seems to be a far cry and we call for the immediate implementation of green procurement in an all in government approach.”
“The Government’s runaway development policy, where the market supply is based on the demands of yesterday, is pushing Malta into dire straits,” said PD. “Malta needs structured preparedness via an overarching strategy.”
According to PD this should have been launched a few years back, and it note “that this has pushed us into a situation which is very similar to Malta’s dilemma in traffic and mobility management.”
Party Leader Godfrey Farrugia pointed out that “we have 16 potential unused quarries that can be used as landfills for inert waste material. Most sites are leased public land and yet most ‘owners’ seem to be putting their foot down so that these quarries are not used as landfills.”
“They seem to have different intentions in mind. Only two quarries are at present operating,” he remarked
Godfrey Farrugia concluded by saying that “the Government has the legal power to stop quarry operating licenses and to withdraw agreements on the land leased of such properties. Our national interest should dictate the way forward, more so if sites are public property.”
MEP candidate Dr Anthony Buttigieg said that “sustainable construction calls for the re-use of existing parts of buildings and materials; the separation of construction waste and its recycling even into another form; and the re-development or rehabilitation of unused buildings.”
“Malta’s carrying capacity has been reached. These concepts decrease the burden on landfills,” he added.
“The Climate Change Paris agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals of UN call for timely action. Malta’s Sustainable Development Act has been enacted since 2012,” stated MEP candidate Camilla Appelgren.
“Its objective is to mainstream sustainable development across the workings of government and to raise awareness of sustainable development issues and practices across society. The time has come to wake up,” she said.