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Climate Action Board

The main aim of setting up the Climate Action Board (CAB) under the 2015 Climate Action Act (Chapter 543) of the Laws of Malta was to: mainstream climate action, monitor the implementation of International and EU obligations re GHG emissions and to facilitate preparedness to ensure adaptation to the impacts of climate change. 

These functions were already covered by line Ministries, but the aim was to underline the cross sectoral aspect of climate action and its governance.  The CAB was established to monitor progress and to facilitate the coherent implementation of Malta’s legal commitments relating to climate action both under International law and EU law. It was also required to report periodically to the Minister responsible for climate change on the state of play of the implementation of mitigation obligations and adaptation measures being undertaken. 

The Climate Action Board, appointed by the Prime Minister in consultation with the Minister responsible for Climate Action has the following set up: a chairperson; a deputy chairperson and a member representing the Ministry responsible for; finance, economic development and competitiveness, energy, transport, environment, education, national security and civil protection, tourism, social policy, European affairs, land use and development planning policy, health, waste policy, agricultural policy, consumer affairs and regional policy. 

The Chair, Deputy Chair and together with the Board secretary are independent and constitute the “executive arm” of the CAB. The list of entities that have a representative is not exclusive and the Minister responsible for climate change may appoint other members representing any other Ministry or public entity which may, in the opinion of the Minister, be required for the purpose of this Act. The Minister may allow the Board to appoint any further expert or group of experts to assist it in the performance of its functions as may be necessary. The current composition of CAB includes a representative from the Academia, the Chamber of Commerce and Non Governmental Organizations. 


The Functions of the Board are:
  • to supervise the implementation of this Act and, or any regulations made thereunder;
  • to monitor that Malta is in fulfilment of its obligations under the UNFCCC and its obligations as a Member State of the European Union;
  • to advise the Minister on the implementation of this Act and, or any regulations made thereunder and, or any international obligations relating to climate action which the Government may be bound to observe and, or any obligation relating to climate action which the Government may be bound to observe as a Member State of the European Union;
  • to facilitate Government’s adherence to the national low-carbon development strategy, the national adaptation strategy and any other strategy or policy which the Minister may issue in terms of this Act or any regulations made thereunder;
  • to make recommendations to the Minister on any matter relating to this Act or any regulations made thereunder or on any matter relating to climate action;
  • to annually report to the Minister on the progress being registered in the field of climate change;
  • to consult with the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development on any matters relating to this Act or any regulations made hereunder;
  • to consult with the representatives of two environmental voluntary organizations, nominated by registered environmental voluntary organizations in accordance with the Voluntary Organisations Act​, as Cap. 492. their representatives, on any matters relating to this Act or any regulations made hereunder periodically; and
  • to carry out such other functions as may be assigned to it by the Minister.
 

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