Eco-Gozo is a regional sustainable development strategy that intends to achieve an enduring environmental improvement of the island.
The Eco-Gozo policy promotes, mainly, the installation and the use of renewable energy sources such as PV panels, solar water heaters and micro-wind turbines. Biomass energy is also promoted due to the high concentration of animals’ farms in the region, for the generation of energy from animal and agricultural waste. One of the main actions of the plan is the establishment of the ecoGozo label, in order to identify and certify:
- Organic agricultural products,
- Restaurants offering local dishes, organic meals and dishes prepared from local production,
- Environment management standards for private and public buildings,
- Diving centers respecting the environmental code of practices,
- Gozitan crafts and products in line with the ecoGozo environmental standards.
Part of the Eco-Gozo policy is also the promotion of eco-friendly transport using bio-fuels and of reserved parking areas for hybrid and electric vehicles.
Finally, the policy includes:
- Promotion of nearly zero energy buildings (nZEB),
- Scholarship schemes in science, engineering, planning and architecture,
- Energy audits in public buildings,
- Tax credit system for industries and commercial outlets using RES,
- Green award for enterprises, households and villages,
- Energy-saving lighting for public spaces and offices,
- Free consultation and financial incentives for citizens who wants to convert their houses in energy-efficient ones.
PV Projects: €850,000
Energy Audit at the Ministry for Gozo: €18,000
Energy Efficiency Project at the Ministry for Gozo: €2.3m
Evidence of success
Projects implemented (location, number of PV panels, total peak power kWp, units generated/year kWp, Carbon Dioxide Offset (tonnes CO2)- based on 0.70 kg CO2/kWp):
- Ministry for Gozo: (437 PV panels, 108.01 kWp, 172,816, kWh 121 t CO2)
- Other public buildings (8 in total): (1489 PV panels , 387.14 kWp, 619,424 kWh, 434 tonnes CO2)
- Tac-Cawla Housing Estate: (231 PV panels, 69.30 kWp, 110,880 kWh, 78 tonnes CO2)
Potential for learning or transfer
- Management of the strategy implementation through a dedicated administrative structure (EcoGozo Directorate)
- Articulation of the strategy in biennial Action Plans, in order to ease implementation
- Bottom-up approach and active involvement of local administrations
- Structure of the funding scheme.
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