Greenhouse gases in Malta shot up by 28.3% in 2017, severely lagging behind the EU’s 2020 target of limiting emissions increases to just 5%.
Malta is also falling behind in terms of moving towards renewable energy sources, currently three percentage points below the 10% target.
The figures, which were published in an EU report today, do make for worrying reading. The country’s issues with air quality are well-documented, causing around five deaths every single week, while a further 15% suffer from chronic respiratory illnesses.
Traffic, both on land and sea, and over-development have been pointed to as key factors in Malta’s worsening air quality.
The EU report, it should one noted, did share some positive results for Malta, who is outperforming employment targets by close to 5%.
People going into tertiary education, be that university or any other educational institute, has also improved.
Meanwhile, the number of early school leavers also dropped since 2018. However, Malta still had further to go to reach its 2020 target than any other member state.
The EU’s Europe 2020 targets are essentially the bloc’s agenda for jobs, growth, and sustainability for the decade.
It primarily looks to promote sustainable growth to deliver employment, productivity and social cohesion while also reducing their impact on the natural environment.