Hon. Joe Mizzi, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure

According to the latest national greenhouse gas inventory, road transport currently accounts for 16.8% of the total greenhouse gas emissions generated in Malta. This Government finds this figure alarming and unacceptable.  It is an aim of this Government, therefore, to work towards making transport in Malta environmentally sustainable.

To achieve this, Government has placed the electrification of Maltese transport as one of its main pillars in its transport policy.  As was indicated in the 2014 Budget speech, Government will also be studying the feasibility of additional transport services which, so far, were not considered by previous administrations.  Underground system, light rail and monorail are all services intended for mass transit which, we believe, will greatly improve the efficiency of public transport in Malta.  But we also want transport to be cleaner, less polluting.  It is to achieve this aim that Government will be looking into introducing the concept of the polluter-pays-principle in the transport sector.  Through this principle, both transport users and transport operators would be incentivized to opt for cleaner transport.   
The Electrification of transport will be implemented in a planned and phased manner.  Introducing measures based on the polluter pays principle without introducing alternative solutions, or indeed without first installing the necessary infrastructure, will not be justifiable.  Transport users must be given a fair choice.
In line with this policy, Government intends to introduce a number of measures and incentives that compliment both photovoltaic technology and the evolving technology in Battery Electric Vehicles. The Government will spend wisely and according to its means with a mix of funding mechanisms that fit the current financial situation. Small significant steps will be taken in line with the overall Government commitment to bring its finances back in order.
In this respect, and in the coming years, Government will incentivise the uptake of electric cars through a series of measures, one of which is a substantial grant for those individuals and companies who want to scrap their current car and purchase a Battery Electric Vehicle.  Through these measures and others which will follow, Government wants to send the right signals that it is supporting electromobility in a concrete manner.
To show its commitment, Government will be leading by example.  As of next year, the Government will embark upon a gradual process of changing its current vehicle fleet to a much cleaner and energy-efficient one. This Government will not stop here, however. To further show the extent of its commitment towards electromobility, today the Government is launching two important initiatives.
The first is the Malta National Electromobility Action Plan (MNEAP).  The Action Plan will be up for public consultation, and it encourages the participation of the widest possible spectrum of stakeholders; from those who regulate transport to those who operate it and make use of it.  We would like everybody to contribute to this document, because transport belongs to everyone.
Secondly, to ensure that the objectives of the Electromomobility Action Plan are reached – and that the Plan is effectively implemented – the Government is officially launching the Malta National Electromobility Platform (MNEP).  The MNEP is a joint initiative between the Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure and Transport Malta. Besides the promotion of Electromobility in Malta, the role of the MNEP is to oversee the implementation of the Action Plan through various projects and initiatives that will further the electrification of transport, even beyond the introduction of new electric vehicles in Malta.
Government believes that the attainment of Malta’s environment and energy targets will only be possible through a mix of different measures intended to suit different uses of various types of energies. Transport will follow suit. It will be a mix and match of different propulsion systems; it will make use of different types of energies which will contribute towards the electrification of transport. This is in line with how technology is being developed.  Government intends to start introducing and demonstrating such systems in specific areas where this technology can easily be implemented. 
In addition, the Government is also looking closely at the use of electricity in other transport modes, including waterborne transport and related maritime infrastructure. This is in line with the latest proposal for an EU Directive on Clean Power for Transport  where specific mandatory targets are being negotiated between the EU Commission and Member States. 
This was not a reactive measure however, but a pre-emptive one.  Government has pre-empted the EU Commission when it comes to the now mandatory requirement to consider ‘on-shore supply technology’ for vessels berthed in harbours.  Transport Malta, through the OP Italia-Malta funded PORT-PVEV project, is already drawing up such a study.  Transport Malta will assess if and where on-shore supply technology can be implemented in order to improve air quality and noise emissions within maritime port areas. Through another EU Funded project – the D-Air - Transport Malta is also drawing up the carbon footprint of the Airport and its ancillary activities and listing measures by which the existing carbon footprint can be substantially reduced.
This way of doing policy is reflected in the manner in which the MNEP will operate. Besides facilitating market entry for the new technologies being introduced in Europe, this Action Plan will also make it a point to recognise, and learn from, all the efforts that are being made by our European partners; be they Governments, European Policy Makers as well as the industry itself.
As in the case whenever a new technology is put on the market, it is expected that in the following few years, there will be rapid technological advancement to be followed by increased economic development.   To this effect, Government wants to ensure that through this Action Plan, and the measures it will introduce, it instills the necessary climate  which will see the introduction of these technologies in Malta, in a phased and yet sustainable manner.  It is in the interest of Malta to keep up with the same pace as other countries. Failure to do so is not an option.
The choice by the automotive industry to invest  first in  Battery Electric Vehicles  and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles is mainly due to their high energy efficiency, and because they can easily be charged at home and through Renewable Sources of Energy. This perfectly suits the Maltese scenario.   In fact, when it comes to electromobility, Malta has an advantage over larger countries and mega cities.  Malta’s size and the short distances travelled eliminates the issue of range anxiety.  A full charge can last the average driver a whole day.  Moreover, Malta’s ample sunshine makes solar energy as the obvious choice in generating energy from renewable means and powering carbon-neutral transport.  We believe that Electromobility is an ideal and sustainable solution for our country. 
Malta’s environmental commitments are not the only reason why the Government has decided to support the electrification of transport, especially road transport. The fact that these vehicles do not emit any harmful pollutants from the exhaust tail pipe means that air quality will be greatly improved by the removal of traffic related emissions to the benefit of our citizens.
The fact that electric vehicles are propelled by a silent electric motor means that this technology will also greatly reduce traffic generated noise pollution.
In considering how to achieve our aim of making transport sustainable, we have considered the benefits that this technology will bring to Malta.  We’ve considered and we’ve decided; electromobility is our preferred choice.  Now make it yours.

James Piscopo, 
Transport Malta​

Transport Malta believes that one way to address the current problems relating to transport and the environment is by deploying concepts and technologies which are on the market; technologies which are state of the art, tried and tested and which can be implemented in the Maltese context.  One such concept and its related technology is electromobility.
Transport Malta has supported the development, introduction and deployment of electromobility in Malta.  Evidence of this is the Authority’s full support and participation in pioneering projects, such as DEMOEV and PORT-PVEV, the aim of which is to introduce and showcase the use and deployment of electric vehicles and the installation of nation-wide charging infrastructure for public use.​

We plan to keep developing Electromobility in Malta, and this is why Transport Malta’s support is fully behind the Malta National Electromobility Platform and the Action Plan.  To this affect, Transport Malta has allocated resources including personnel solely dedicated on the management, and coordination of the latter.

Transport Malta’s support of the Government’s vision goes even further.  The Authority believes that it can be conducive towards the Government’s forthcoming Green Economy to which transport will be a major contributor.  Transport Malta will also contribute towards the Government’s policy to promote the country as a large scale laboratory for the testing of technologies which are on the verge of market entry.  In this way, Malta will be exposed to new technologies, advancements in research and development projects in line with the rest if the EU Member States.

This is why Transport Malta will do its utmost to ensure the successful achievement of the goals embedded within the Malta National Electromobility Platform.

Peter Paul Barbara, National Coordinator MNEP and Intelligent Transport Sytstems. 

The Malta National Electromobility Action Plan is an ambitious endeavor, compiled after intense consultation with stakeholders and experts in the field of transport and electromobility; particularly with the international automotive industry. The starting point of this Plan was an evaluation of the problems existing in our national road transport sector and an assessment of the environmental targets which Malta has committed itself to achieving which, in the last few years, were left to deteriorate. Only after a full assessment of the latter, and consultation with the right stakeholders, did the Action Plan lay out its concrete road-map which is being proposed today. 

The Action Plan has sought to study the deployment of electromobility in other EU Member States, the problems that were encountered and how these were tackled. By learning from the efforts made by other Member States, the team has sought to convert these efforts to fit the Maltese context, keeping in mind the Government’s goals and commitments.

The Action Plan foresees the implementation of concrete projects, programmes and measures by which Malta will contribute to its European and International environmental obligations. One such obligation is that Malta is committed to put 5,000 Battery Electric Vehicles on the road by 2020. Before now, a concrete action plan of how this was to be achieved was lacking. In fact, interim indicative targets have already been missed. This proposed Action Plan addresses the targets in hand with a number of projects and measures which have been planned and budgeted, and possible funding sources identified. The Action Plan does not only contribute to the number of BEVs on the road by 2020, but also addresses the deployment of the respective different types of infrastructure nationwide.

For the Action Plan to succeed, all stakeholders must be on board, both from within the public sector and the private sector. This is why the Action Plan and the National Electromobility Platform is involving all the stakeholders from its inception. This is an ambitious plan, but one which holds great promise for our country.

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