In line with ongoing national efforts and the European Green Deal, the Government has launched various initiatives to address environmental challenges, however, more needs to be done in terms of green infrastructure.
Green walls and roofs are two of the elements of green infrastructure which are being focused on, in relation to their implementation in the urban context. The work of the Intelligent Planning Consultative Forum, which brings together key stakeholders within the areas of development, planning, and environment to identify proposals with respect to the concept of intelligent planning in Malta, resulted in the compilation of the Green Paper on Greening Buildings in Malta: Initiatives for Green Walls and Roofs for Residential, Commercial, and Industrial Buildings. The ultimate aim of this document is to outline a number of measures which could be adopted by different entities to promote these important aspects of green infrastructure. The measures are addressed towards residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. It is important to note that while these two elements are important steps to ensure sustainable green buildings, there are various other elements of green infrastructure that can contribute to green buildings.
The document outlines the main objectives, followed by an understanding of the overall green vision for the country to be able to understand how green walls and green roofs fit into this vision. The exact definitions of green walls and roofs are then delineated together with the benefits and challenges of these two areas of green infrastructure. Several financial and non-financial incentives are proposed based on the analysis in order to make sure Malta reaps from the benefits and addresses the challenges associated with green walls and roofs. The document also illustrates a number of case-studies in Malta and Gozo.