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Title: Attaining Malta's renewable energy targets for 2020 : an evaluation from a public policy perspective
Authors: Gouder, Joanne
Keywords: Renewable energy sources -- Malta
Renewable energy sources -- Government policy -- Malta
Solar panels -- Malta
Solar water heaters
Wind power plants -- Malta
Issue Date: 2019
Citation: Gouder, J. (2019) Attaining Malta's renewable energy targets for 2020 : an evaluation from a public policy perspective (Bachelor’s dissertation).
Abstract: Malta’s EU accession in 2004 brought a myriad of obligations for Malta. One of these challenges was the adoption of alternative and renewable energy policies for a more sustainable and cleaner environment. This project focuses on Malta’s efforts along the years to attain its legally binding target of 10% of its gross final energy consumption by means of renewable energy sources as requested in the Europe 2020 Strategy. These sources include electricity, heating and cooling, transport, waste-to-energy and biomass. This dissertation has focused on renewable energy derived from the electricity and heating and cooling sectors only, from which emanated its title – “Attaining Malta’s Renewable Energy Targets for 2020 – An Evaluation from a Public Policy Perspective”. The purpose of this work was to evaluate the Maltese Governments’ continuous efforts in attaining these challenging targets. It was designed to appraise Malta’s initial attempts through wind energy technology by a government and subsequently via solar energy by another, as the main resource to reach this important objective. Primary research included qualitative analysis by means of face-to-face interviews with past and present policy-makers and experts in the field of renewable energy. Secondary research was compiled mainly from in-depth document analysis, which forms most of the Literature Review. Certain limitations were met in the compilation of the primary research due to the unavailability of additional experts who would have offered additional input. The findings from this research project indicate that Malta will either reach its targets on time, or else will fail very narrowly, compelling it to turn to marginal cooperation mechanisms with other countries in what are known as statistical transfers. Moreover, other innovative technologies, such as offshore PV panels and wind farms will certainly have to be considered for the more challenging targets for 2030 and 2050, paving the way for further studies in this field. This project is still in a hypothesis phase, and subsequently, in itself it implies a substantial amount of originality, the value of which will be determined after 2020. If this hypothesis is proven true, this dissertation will hopefully serve as a reference point for future research and historical reference.
Description: B.A.(HONS)PUBLIC ADMIN.
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - FacEma - 2019
Dissertations - FacEMAPP - 2019

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