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Community Wellbeing Scheme

CONSULTATION BRIEF

Start date: 03/03/2021

Closing date: 01/04/2021

Title of the public consultation: Community Wellbeing Scheme

Ministry: Ministry for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning

 

1. BACKGROUND 

The Ministry for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning has drafted an amendment to the published Regulations L.N. 136 of 2019. The scope of this amendment is to;

·         make it mandatory for developers to pay for professional fees incurred by Third Parties with regard to contestation of any method statement or condition report submitted to the Competent Authority.

·         cap the refund for expenses incurred by Third Parties for professional fees, to a maximum amount of five hundred Euro (€500.00) plus the value added tax.

2. DOCUMENTS 

Regolamenti tal-2021 li jemendaw ir-Regolamenti dwar l-Evitar ta’ Ħsara lil Proprjetà ta’ Terzi Persuni​

Avoidance of Damage to Third Party Property Regulations (Amendment), 2021

 

3. SUBMISSION OF FEEDBACK

 

Feedback must be submitted by email to consultations.mecp@gov.mt by the 1st of April 2021 at the latest.

 

4. FURTHER NOTES

 

Please be informed that comments submitted, together with the identity of the contributor, may be published online at the end of the public consultation, unless the contributor objects to the publication of his/her personal data. In this case, the contribution may be published in anonymous form.



LONG TERM WASTE MANAGEMENT PLAN 2021-2030 

CONSULTATION BRIEF

Start date: 14 December 2020

Closing date: 18 January 2021

Title of the public consultation: Long Term Waste Management Plan 2021-2030

Ministry: Ministry for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning

Directorate: Directorate for the Environment and Climate Change


1. Background

The Ministry for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning has developed a Waste Management Plan for the Maltese Islands 2021-2030, as mandated under the European Union Waste Framework Directive and as transposed in local legislation. As a backdrop, it must be noted that Malta’s annual municipal waste generated per capita is currently higher than most EU countries, at an average of 640kg [1]. Landfilling is still the predominant waste treatment option and our recycling rate is the lowest amongst EU Member States [2]. The new Waste Package places even more onerous targets on Malta in terms of the amount of waste which has to be recycled, that which is allowed to landfill as well as specific targets related to the recycling of certain materials not least paper, plastic, metal, glass and wood.  The status quo is not an option Waste prevention and improved management is not only a central aspect in supporting Malta’s transition towards a resource efficient and circular economy, but also in reducing pressure on Malta’s waste logistics and infrastructure and our dependence on either exporting waste or landfilling where land availability for such purpose is limited.

 

Through the Waste Management Plan, the Ministry’s strategic objectives are to:


  • Maximise the resource value in waste through different management options
  • Innovate by designing waste prevention initiatives to lower Malta’s per capita generation rate
  • Reform the collection system to increase economies of scale, harmonise collection practices and modernise the collection fleet
  • Build the necessary waste management facilities to treat recyclable, organic and residual waste to achieve Malta’s targets
  • Study the feasibility of an enhanced producer responsibility framework to complement Malta’s transition to a circular economy and reflect further on the true cost of waste management
  • Promote further the involvement of the private sector in waste management

 

[2]https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/products-datasets/product?code=sdg_11_60​


The Waste Management Plan sets out a number of key priority areas that are, aligned with the strategic objectives in order to ensure a robust and effective waste governance framework. An overview of Malta’s obligations under the European Union waste Directives is provided, as well as an update on where we stand today. In bridging the gap between Malta’s current performance and the 2030 waste targets, a suite of ambitious measures is outlined in the Plan, structured as follows:

 

Waste Prevention as a Priority: The first key priority area is Malta’s Waste Prevention Programme. The overall aim is to promote resource efficiency and entice waste generators to minimize their waste arisings by creating a conducive landscape. This Chapter proposes a range of measures to incentivise greener business processes and prompt societal change towards smarter consumption patterns. 


Waste Collection Reform: For waste which is unpreventable, efficient collection systems must be in place. The Waste Collection chapter outlines measures which balance the collection frequencies of different waste streams to encourage source separation and the minimization of residual waste. The chapter also sets out to reform waste collection services by moving towards a regionalised approach leading to increased economies of scale, and better utilization of a modern vehicle fleet thus optimising investment costs. 


Waste Management and Resource Optimisation: In order to support Malta’s transition to a more resource efficient and circular economy, we must ensure that any waste generated is efficiently and effectively treated in order to minimise its environmental footprint whilst maximising its potential as a resource. This will be achieved through:


1)     improving existing extended producer responsibility frameworks to establish a level playing field and to ensure that waste management costs are borne by producers. The feasibility of expanding EPR obligations to additional waste streams will be assessed; 

2)     implementing measures to incentivise waste prevention, harness source separation and reduce residual waste volumes from commercial entities and;

3)     investing in both new and existing waste management facilities to ensure a modern and efficient waste infrastructure that not only meets Malta’s current needs but will set in place the required treatment facilities for the future. Differentiated gate fees to reflect the true cost of the different fractions of waste and induce further waste separation will be considered.

 

In order to support the implementation of these initiatives, this Plan also puts forward a series of improvements to the monitoring, compliance and data management capabilities, largely based on strengthening capacity building including technological capacity. 

The Ministry for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning will collaborate with a range of stakeholders in order to foster a culture of resource efficiency, create new business opportunities, invest heavily in necessary infrastructure and support voluntary initiatives which promote the prevention and sustainable management of waste. We will engage with stakeholders, and collaborate across the public and private sectors to work together to make a difference and instill a culture of change that promotes waste prevention and sustainable waste management. New measures will include economic instruments, awareness-raising campaigns, new regulations, research and innovation and various other policy tools in order to incentivise waste prevention, source separation and correct management of waste generated on the Maltese Islands. The initiatives outlined in this Waste Management Plan will facilitate action by industry, government, citizens and tourists. This implies the need for a collaborative approach from all those who generate waste in their personal, professional or corporate capacity and the assumption of responsibility for the management thereof. The proposed measures are intended to steer Malta towards reaching its EU obligations, reduce dependency on landfilling and export of waste, and transition Malta to a more resource efficient and circular economy. This for the benefit of Maltese society as a whole.


2. CONSULTATION 

In line with Article 31 of the Waste Regulations (S.L.549.63), the public is invited to make submissions with their comments in relation to the policy measures outlined in the Long Term Waste Management Plan 2021-2030.

 

3. DOCUMENTS 

LONG TERM WASTE MANAGEMENT PLAN 2021-2030

 

4. SUBMISSION OF FEEDBACK 

Feedback must be submitted by email to consultations.mecp@gov.mt by the 18 January 2021 at the latest.

 

5. FURTHER NOTES 

Please be informed that comments submitted, together with the identity of the contributor, may be published online at the end of the public consultation, unless the contributor objects to the publication of his/her personal data. In this case, the contribution may be published in anonymous form.




Public Consultation on the Initial Scoping Report for the Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Draft Low Carbon Development Strategy

 

CONSULTATION BRIEF

Start date: 7 December 2020

Closing date: 14 December 2020

Title of the public consultation: Statutory Consultation on the Initial Scoping Report for the Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Draft Low Carbon Development Strategy

Ministry: Ministry for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning

Directorate: Directorate for the Environment and Climate Change

 

1. BACKGROUND 

The Ministry for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning notifies that an Initial Scoping Report has been compiled for the Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS). On the basis of this document, an Environmental Report will be prepared that will include an assessment of potential environmental impacts that may emerge from the Strategy.

 

2. CONSULTATION 

In accordance with the provisions under the Strategic Environmental Assessment Regulations

(S.L. 549.61), the public is invited to submit any feedback or comments on the Initial Scoping Report.

 

3. DOCUMENTS 

LCDS SEA Initial Scoping Report

 

4. SUBMISSION OF FEEDBACK 

Any comments on the Initial Scoping Report are to be submitted to MECP, by 14 December 2020 at the latest, on the following email address: consultations.mecp@gov.mt

 

5. FURTHER NOTES 

Please be informed that comments submitted, together with the identity of the contributor, may be published online at the end of the public consultation, unless the contributor objects to the publication of his/her personal data. In this case, the contribution may be published in anonymous form.




Statutory Consultation on the Initial Scoping Report for the Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Draft Waste Management Plan 2021-2030



CONSULTATION BRIEF

Start date: 24 November 2020

Closing date: 1 December 2020

Title of the public consultation: Statutory Consultation on the Initial Scoping Report for the Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Draft Waste Management Plan 2021-2030

Ministry: Ministry for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning

Directorate: Directorate for the Environment and Climate Change


 1. BACKGROUND 

Following the screening carried out on the Draft Waste Management Plan 2021-2030 and consultations with the Strategic Environmental Assessment Focal Point, it has been concluded that the Plan is required to be subjected to a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) in line with the provisions laid down in the Strategic Environmental Assessment Regulations (S.L. 549.61). The Screening Template is being made available for the public’s information. 

Furthermore, an Initial Scoping Report for the SEA has been compiled and, on the basis of this document, an Environmental Report will be prepared that will include an environmental assessment of potential environmental impacts that may emerge from the Plan. 


2. CONSULTATION 

In accordance with the provisions under the Strategic Environmental Assessment Regulations (S.L. 549.61), the public is invited to submit any feedback or comments on the Initial Scoping Report. 


3. DOCUMENTS 

WMP SEA Screening Tem​plate

WMP SEA Initial Scoping Report

 

4. SUBMISSION OF FEEDBACK 

Any comments on the Initial Scoping Report are to be submitted to MECP, by 1 December 2020 at the latest, on the following email address: consultations.mecp@gov.mt

 

5. FURTHER NOTES 

Please be informed that comments submitted, together with the identity of the contributor, may be published online at the end of the public consultation, unless the contributor objects to the publication of his/her personal data. In this case, the contribution may be published in anonymous form.







RESTRICTIONS ON PLACING ON THE MARKET OF SINGLE-USE PLASTIC PRODUCTS REGULATIONS, 2020

 

CONSULTATION BRIEF

Start date: 28 October 2020

Closing date: 26 November 2020

Title of the public consultation: Restrictions on Placing on the Market of Single-Use Plastic Products Regulations, 2020

Ministry: Ministry for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning

Entity: Environment & Resources Authority

 

1. BACKGROUND 


As part of the 2020 Budget speech, the Government announced a new measure whereby the importation, production, sale and distribution of certain single use plastic (SUP) items, namely cutlery, straws and plates will be prohibited. More specifically, the Government announced that the importation and production of such SUP items will be prohibited as from 1st January 2021, whilst their selling and distribution will be prohibited as from 1st January 2022.

 

In 2019, the EU adopted the SUP Directive (Directive 2019/904), which aims at reducing the environmental impact of certain SUP products and other plastic items on the environment, by means of enacting a number of effective measures targeting the said products. The Directive in question restricts the placement on the market of a number of SUP items, including the above mentioned.  The draft Restrictions on Placing on the Market of Single-Use Plastic Products Regulations, 2020 implement part of the said Budget measure whilst also transposing Article 5 and Article 6 (1) and 6 (2) of the SUP Directive.

 

Since these regulations restrict the placement on the market of certain SUP products, they will be enacted under both the Supplies and Services Act (Chapter 117 of the Laws of Malta) and the Environment Protection Act (Chapter 549 of the Laws of Malta) to ensure joint cooperation in enforcement of the proposed regulations by Customs Department and the Environment and Resources Authority.

 

These regulations prohibit the placement on the market of:

-           The SUP items listed in Part A of the Schedule and of products made from oxo-degradable plastic as from 1st January 2021. Such SUP items include cutlery, straws, plates, cotton bud sticks, beverage stirrers, balloon sticks as well as food or beverage containers and cups made of expanded polystyrene;

-           The SUP items listed in Part B of the schedule as from 3rd July 2024. Such SUP items include plastic and composite beverage containers with a capacity of up to three litres. Such containers might be exempt from such prohibition if the plastic caps and lids remain attached to the containers during their use.


2. CONSULTATION

 In line with Article 55 of the Environment Protection Act (Cap. 549) the public is invited to make submissions to ERA with their comments as to why and how these regulations could be amended.

 

3. DOCUMENTS

 Restrictions on Placing on the Market of Single-Use Plastic Products Regulations, 2020

 Regolamenti tal-2020 dwar Restrizzjonijiet fuq it-Tqegħid fis-Suq ta' Prodotti tal-Plastik li Jintużaw Darba Biss

 

4. SUBMISSION OF FEEDBACK 

Any comments are to be submitted to MECP by 26th November 2020 at the latest, on the following email address: consultations.mecp@gov.mt

 

5. FURTHER NOTES 

Please be informed that comments submitted, together with the identity of the contributor, may be published online at the end of the public consultation, unless the contributor objects to the publication of his/her personal data. In this case, the contribution may be published in anonymous form.





RESTRICTIONS ON PLACING ON THE MARKET OF LIGHTWEIGHT PLASTIC CARRIER BAGS REGULATIONS, 2020

 

CONSULTATION BRIEF

Start date: 28 October 2020

Closing date: 26 November 2020

Title of the public consultation: Restrictions on Placing on the Market of Lightweight Plastic Carrier Bags Regulations, 2020

Ministry: Ministry for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning

Entity: Environment & Resources Authority

 

1. BACKGROUND 

As part of the 2020 Budget speech, the Government announced a new measure whereby the importation and production of plastic bags will be prohibited as from 1st January 2021, whilst their selling and distribution will be prohibited as from 1st January 2022.

Article 4(1a) of Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste requires that Member States take appropriate measures to achieve a sustained reduction in the annual consumption of lightweight plastic carrier bags. The Directive indicates that those measures may include the use of marketing restrictions, provided that these restrictions are proportionate and non-discriminatory.

The draft Restrictions on Placing on the Market of Lightweight Plastic Carrier Bags Regulations, 2020 implement part of the said Budget measure while also bringing into effect the aforementioned provisions of Directive 94/62/EC.

The Regulations in question will be enacted under both the Supplies and Services Act (Chapter 117 of the Laws of Malta) and the Environment Protection Act (Chapter 549 of the Laws of Malta) to ensure joint cooperation in enforcement of the regulations by the Customs Department and the Environment and Resources Authority.

 

These Regulations will prohibit:

-          The importation, intra-Community acquisition, and manufacturing for the circulation on the market in Malta, in the course of a commercial activity, of any lightweight plastic carrier bags as from 1st January 2021;

-          Any supply of lightweight plastic carrier bags for distribution, consumption or use on the market in Malta, in the course of a commercial activity as from 1st January 2022.

 

Reusable plastic carrier bags, biodegradable and compostable plastic carrier bags as well as very lightweight plastic carrier bags are exempt from the above-mentioned prohibitions.

 

2. CONSULTATION

 In line with Article 55 of the Environment Protection Act (Cap. 549) the public is invited to make submissions to ERA with their comments as to why and how these regulations could be amended.

 

3. DOCUMENTS

 Restrictions on Placing on the Market of Lightweight Plastic Carrier Bags Regulations, 2020

 Regolamenti tal-2020 dwar Restrizzjonijiet fuq it-Tqegħid fis-Suq tal-Basktijiet tal-Plastik Ħfief

 

4. SUBMISSION OF FEEDBACK

 Any comments are to be submitted to MECP by 26th November 2020 at the latest, on the following email address: consultations.mecp@gov.mt

 

5. FURTHER NOTES

Please be informed that comments submitted, together with the identity of the contributor, may be published online at the end of the public consultation, unless the contributor objects to the publication of his/her personal data. In this case, the contribution may be published in anonymous form.






Majjistral Nature and History Park Site (Amendment) Regulations, 2020

 

CONSULTATION BRIEF

Start date: 16 October 2020

Closing date: 14 November 2020

Title of the public consultation: Majjistral Nature and History Park Site (Amendment) Regulations, 2020

Ministry: Ministry for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning

Entity: Environment & Resources Authority

 

1. Background

The principal aim of the Majjistral Nature and History Park Site (Amendment) Regulations is to provide further legal clarity with respect to the practice of falconry within the Majjistral Park.

The proposed legal notice seeks to amend the Majjistral, Nature and History Park Site Regulations (S.L. 549.83) hereafter, referred to as the principal regulations in order to:

·         Amend the definition of the terms ‘hunt’ and ‘hunting’ of the principal regulations so as to ensure that such terms solely encompass the hunting of game species through the use of a fire-arm or any other weapon and do not include the hunting and taking of such species through falconry;

·         Amend the definition of the terms ‘take’ and ‘taking’ to clarify that such definition covers the live-capture of both wild birds and wild rabbit;

·         Introduce restrictions on the possession of wild birds or wild rabbits (whether alive, dead or, parts of) outside the hours when falconry is permitted.

 

2. Consultation

In line with Article 55 of the Environment Protection Act (Cap. 549) the public is invited to make submissions to ERA with their comments as to why and how these regulations could be amended.

 

3. Documents

Majjistral Nature and History Park Site (Amendment) Regulations, 2020

Regolamenti tal-2020 li jemendaw ir-Regolamenti dwar Is-Sit ta’ Il-Majjistral, Park ta’ Natura u Storja​

 

4. Submission of feedback

Comments will be received by email on consultations.mecp@gov.mt

 

5. Further notes

Please be informed that comments submitted, together with the identity of the contributor, may be published online at the end of the public consultation, unless the contributor objects to the publication of his/her personal data. In this case, the contribution may be published in anonymous form.



 
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