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Title: The ‘Reduce and Save’ project : an island-wide resource management awareness initiative
Other Titles: Mediterranean green buildings & renewable energy
Authors: Refalo, Paul
Mule Stagno, Luciano
Farrugia, Robert N.
Yousif, Charles
Sant, Tonio
Jakkel, Nora
Zammit, Anthony
Portelli, Joseph
Keywords: Natural resources -- Management
Energy conservation -- Malta
Water conservation -- Malta
Sustainability -- Malta
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Springer, Cham
Citation: Refalo, P., Mule Stagno, L., Farrugia, R. N., Yousif, C., Sant, T., Jakkel, N., Zammit, A., & Portelli, J. (2017). The ‘Reduce and Save’ project : an island-wide resource management awareness initiative. In Sayigh A. (Ed.), Mediterranean Green Buildings & Renewable Energy. Springer, Cham.
Abstract: The Republic of Malta is an archipelago composed of three inhabited islands – Malta, Gozo and Comino. The main island of Malta has one of the highest population densities in the world standing at 1,566 inhabitants per km2 and is the largest island with an area of 246 km2. Gozo has about 31,000 inhabitants and an area of 67 km2, while Comino is much smaller and has less than 10 inhabitants and a hotel. In 2008, the Government of Malta through the Ministry for Gozo embarked on a programme with the aim of transforming Gozo into an eco-island. This initiative was called the ecoGozo Project – a Local Sustainable Development Strategy for an Island and its Community. As part of this undertaking, the Ministry commissioned the Institute for Sustainable Energy of the University of Malta to conduct an educational campaign named ‘Reduce and Save’. The aim of this campaign was to design and deliver information sessions on water and energy conservation, renewable energy and waste management in every household in Gozo. The main objectives of this initiative were to increase awareness and disseminate eco-friendly information with the aim of improving the quality of life and levels of sustainability on the island. The methodology consisted of training courses, examination of the Trainers, the island-wide house-call programme, the approach used during the visits themselves and the results compiled through a specific questionnaire. These actions all served to couple an educational campaign focusing on sustainability and environment-related issues with a data gathering exercise in an island community. The results showed a favourable opinion on renewable energy, energy saving and water conservation measures and gave a snapshot of the renewable energy installations (such as solar water heaters and photovoltaic systems), energy saving measures (such as roof insulation and double glazing) and water saving measures (such as recycling of grey water and the use of rainwater catchment in the dwellings’ existing water cisterns) at the time of the home visits. In the context of the development of a local, community-based sustainable development strategy, this initiative was instrumental in empowering and engaging the population, at a time when this wide-ranging community project was being launched.
Description: Also presented at the World Renewable Energy Congress XIII, WREC 2014, London, UK.
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