Gov­ern­ment will soon launch sec­ond Green Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment plan

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Kevin Schem­bri Or­land

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.

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