“Shared responsibilities needed in air quality measures”
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During a meeting held this afternoon with Karl Ludwig Hüttner an air quality specialist at the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Minister Leo Brincat emphasised the need for shared responsability between all entities and stakeholders in the formulation and implementation of air quality policies and measures. “Without such commitment the whole process will not succeed,” he said.
He added that particularly due to its small size and limited resources, the country can ill afford experiences of the past where different Ministries worked on a different air quality plan at the same time. This will only lead to further fragmentation and duplication of work. “It was the importance of such a structured approach that had triggered the need to take a hard look at how all air polluting entities were currently interacting amongst themselves.”
Minister Brincat said that one of the biggest challenges of many countries Malta included is to ensure that there will be decoupling between economic growth and the rate of growth in emissions. Best practice elsewhere suggests that this is the key to success.
While supporting the EU endeavours to continue raising and strengthening its standards on air quality issues, the Minister said that the first hurdle to overcome and challenge that we had to address was to ensure that any country must see that existing air quality standards are being met and adhered to.
During the meeting Minister Leo Brincat was accompanied by the Ministry Chief Officer Strategy Michelle Borg and the Assistant Director for the Environment Sonya Sammut.