What does Volt think? / Environment & Climate Change

Green Energy & Solar Rights

In the fight against climate change, energy sources are a contentious issue. There is also the matter that Malta's energy supply is tainted in corruption due to Electrogas. We need to channel our efforts in Malta to ensure a green mix of energy in Malta, making use of untapped resources such as the wind and waves.

Renewable Energy

  • Conduct Research on generating wave energy in Malta

    • Gather information on the following;

      • Most effective method and sustainable method;

      • Potential generation;

      • Location with the most potential.

    • Ensure past research is used to compare to the present situation.

  • Establish a wave farm in both Malta and Gozo based on the results of the research.

  • Create safeguards for buildings with solar panels to ensure accessibility to sunlight, or fair compensation at the expense of the developer who would be responsible for the construction of a nearby building taking away access to sunlight.

    • Fair compensation for solar panels would be;

      • A lump sum of the value of the solar panels will be given to the owner/s, which would be calculated as follows;

        • The remaining lifespan (or up to additional 30 years, depending on which is less) of the solar panels would, as a fraction of the total lifespan of the solar panels, multiplied by the value at which the solar panels were purchased. Then add the monetary value of expected electricity generated by the solar panel within the remaining expected lifespan of the panel. 

          • e.g if the solar panel is 11 years old and is expected to be viable for 30 years in total, and the panel was purchased at €2,000 and generates €300 worth of electricity a year on average, then the calculation is as follows

            • (¹9⁄₃₀ x €2,000) + (€300 x 19 ) = €6966.67


  • Work to cancel the Electrogas deal consider working towards nationalising the assets 

    • Take steps to ensure that contracts are made public, investigate to identify corruption, and are brought forward to the courts for annulment where possible.

    • Ensure that any nationalisation process has little to no disruption of Malta’s energy supply

    • In the event of successful nationalisation;

      • Conduct a feasibility study with close involvement of civil society groups, to adopt a renewable energy solution of Electrogas

      •  Following the study take steps through an integrity pact for a strategic partner of Electrogas for renewable gas solutions, primarily focused on green hydrogen 

Green Hydrogen

  • Conduct transparent Research on the viability of a Green Hydrogen Power Station in Malta.

    • Conduct a partial IPO in the event of a Green Hydrogen Power Station.

  • Ensure that any new gas pipeline from Sicily to Malta is generated through renewable means.

    • If a Hydrogen pipeline will be proposed, it must be Green Hydrogen based.

  • Work to ensure that the energy coming from the first, and upcoming second interconnector is increasingly green and that statistical data is published on its composition.

The 5+1 Challenges

Volt has defined 5+1 fundamental Challenges that need to be tackled in each European country and in Europe as a whole.

Why 5 + 1 Challenges?

The 5 Challenges are basically the same for every country, but their implementation can be adapted on the national level to take into account local realities.

The +1 Challenge – our proposal to reform and strengthen the EU – is identical across all our national programmes.

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  • 01

    Smart State

    Education and digitalisation are key elements of the 21st century

  • 02

    Economic Renaissance

    An innovative economy must be the engine of society's progress

  • 03

    Social Equality

    No-one should be left behind - no matter their gender, income, religion. or origin

  • 04

    Global Balance

    Europe needs to assume responsibility for its role in global challenges

  • 05

    Citizen Empowerment

    People must be empowered to influence politics beyond elections alone

  • +1

    EU Reform

    We love the EU - this doesn't mean there is no room for improvement