Government will soon launch second Green Public Procurement plan
The government will soon launch the second Green Public Procurement plan for public consultation, Environment Minister Jose Herrera said yesterday during a business breakfast on the occasion of International E-Waste Day.
The minister addressed a business breakfast with the theme ‘Repair, Repurpose, Recycle’ as part of the activities associated with International E-Waste Day.
The topic being discussed was electronic and electrical waste. He highlighted the importance of a circular economy, and said that Malta was working towards said goal.
The circular economy, he said, would help address a number of challenges, including: the scarcity of natural resources and primary materials; waste generation; and management of non-sustainable waste. These challenges, he said, were even more prominent in Malta, given the country’s geographical location, and that Malta was dependent on the importation of products.
He stressed that no more land could be taken to be used as a landfill.
Europe and Malta are working to reduce the impact on the environment. He said that the government was leading by example, through the Green Public Procurement Plan. “In the public calls issued, the public sector asks for products and services that reduce damage on the environment.”
He said that the second National Green Procurement Plan would be issued for public consultation in the coming weeks.