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Malta’s commitment to renewable in joining the Lighthouse Initiative

Renewable energy and sustainability are the two fixed points that guide Malta‘s political-economic choices, as evidenced by the commitment and proactivity with which the state participated in the 14th session of the Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), which brought together in Abu Dhabi more than 144 nations involved in the energy transition process. 

On the fringes of that assembly, Malta also joined the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Lighthouse Initiative, focusing on the power of synergy among states connected by common challenges. 

The goals of the initiative include:

  • collaboration on renewable energy,
  • the push for energy transition in SIDS,
  • the strengthening of climate resilience,
  • the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Miriam Dalli, Minister for the Environment, Energy, and Regeneration of the Grand Harbour, reiterated the value of collaboration as a key strategy for overcoming the physical limitations of countries and transferring and acquiring knowledge and experience that are critical to increasing the share of renewable energy

During a bilateral meeting between Minister Dalli and Francesco La Camera, director general of IRENA, there was a lengthy discussion about Malta’s crucial role as a model for other small island developing states in realizing the broad goals outlined in the Lighthouse Initiative.

Negotiations with IRENA will also encourage the exploration of emerging technologies that could be useful for the islands, which require a specific and targeted solution: the result of the combination of flexibility and innovation.


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