Recently elected MEP Josianne Cutajar has called for Malta to make better use of renewable energy sources, pointing out that fossil fuels are dirtier and more volatile in price.
“While it’s good to discuss the price of petrol and diesel, our country’s aim should be to find cleaner sources of energy,” she said. “Instead of limiting our discussion to just price, let’s look at the bigger picture and start seriously discussing the substantial changes we all need.”
Cutajar said she understood those who were concerned by the 5 cent increase in fuel this month but pointed out that such sources of energy depended on the volatile sources.
She said the government’s aim to keep the rates as low as possible was being met and Malta had lower fuel prices than the European average.
“If we want to improve the quality of air and with it our quality of life, our energy sources must change and become cleaner,” said Cutajar, pointing out that Malta already shifted from heavy fuel oil to gas. “Now it’s time to look at cleaner and more efficient modes of transport and if we keep using private cars, these must be ones that cause least environmental damage possible.”
Last week, Cutajar asked the Finnish Presidency for more clarity about its policies on maritime transport, a crucial sector for Malta. In other discussions, she highlighted the need to address the biggest polluter in the tourism sector: mass transport.