Start date: 22 March 2019
Closing date: 19 April 2019
Title of the public consultation: Intent and Objectives: Malta’s National Air Pollution Control Programme
Ministry: Ministry for Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change
Entity: Environment & Resources Authority
1. Background

In terms of Article 51 of the Environment Protection Act (Cap. 549), it is duly notified that the Environment and Resources Authority (ERA), in collaboration with the Ministry for Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change, is preparing a National Air Pollution Control Programme (NAPCP) under Directive (EU) 2016/2284 on the reduction of national emissions of certain atmospheric pollutants (the National Emission Ceilings (NEC) Directive).

The NAPCP is the principal governance tool under the NEC Directive, supporting Member States to plan their policies and measures. The selection of these policies and measures is based on the following objectives:

  • To reduce air pollutant emissions for the purpose of reaching compliance with the national emission reduction commitments, as set out in Annex II of the Directive, for the following pollutants:
    • Nitrogen Oxides (NOx)
    • Sulphur Dioxide (SO2)
    • Non-methane Volatile Organic Compounds (nmVOCs)
    • Ammonia (NH3)
    • Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5)
  • To contribute in the improvement of air quality and compliance with limit values as set out in the Ambient Air Quality Directive (2008/50/EC).
  • To identify and maximise potential synergies to ensure coherence with other plans and programmes, including those related to climate, energy, agriculture, industry and transport, while avoiding conflict with other policies and measures adopted under different policy areas.
2. Consultation

The public is invited to submit any feedback or comments on the intent and objectives of this programme.

3. Submission of feedback

E-mail: [email protected]

4. Further notes

The draft National Air Pollution Control Programme will be available for public consultation in due course at the following web link.

For further information contact ERA on [email protected] or on 2292 3500. Please be informed that comments submitted, together with the identity of the contributor, may be published online at the end of the public consultation, unless the contributor objects to the publication of his/her personal data. In this case, the contribution may be published in anonymous form.