€1.3 million EU funds to reduce energy consumption at Gozo Ministry
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€1.3 million EU funds is to be invested in a project to reduce energy consumption at the Ministry for Gozo.
The announcement was made during a news conference at the Gozo Ministry, with Minister Justyne Caruana and Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds and Social Dialogue Aaron Farrugia, who said that work will begin on administrative buildings at the Ministry to make them more efficient.
Dr Caruana said that this project, which will see drastic changes in the way energy is consumed, is an integral part of the Eco-Gozo vision.
She went on to explain that through these new funds for Gozo, they will change the buildings to all air conditioning, with the installation of double glazing and LED lighting, among others.The Minister said that this project will ensure that the administrative building, besides being more comfortable for people to work in, will become more accessible and will complement other ongoing projects in the area; primarily the regeneration of St Francis Square, the new health centre in the heart of Victoria and the steps in St. Francis Square.
Parliamentary Secretary Aaron Farrugia said that this project will help Malta move towards its 2050 goals linked to climate change, while also creating more green jobs.
He added that, the project will also serve as an example to the rest of society to reduce the carbon footprint.
Engineer Chris Cordina, said that through this holistic project the Ministry for Gozo will be reducing its electricity consumption by almost 180,000 kWh per year and thereby will contribute to a reduction of 123 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year.
Photographs: MGOZ/Terry Camilleri