MER KICK OFF AND FIRST TRANSNATIONAL SEMINAR OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
On 9th July 2013, the Malta Intelligent Energy Management Agency (MIEMA) hosted the kick off of the MER project at the Corinthia Marina Hotel in St Julians, while on 10th July it was held the first Transnational Seminar. The event considered as the public launch of the project was opened by the Hon. Dr Konrad Mizzi, Minister for Energy and the Conservation of Water – Government of Malta, Dr Marino Cavallo, representing the Province of Bologna (MER Project Lead Partner), Prof. Alfredo Valentino of the LUISS University of Rome, Dr Euridice Cristo of Algarve University, Dr Stefano Mugnoz, from U-space and Roma 3 University, as well as representatives of the project partners and experts.
In Malta’s case, MER will focus mainly on the development of renewable energy sources for industrial areas. It will build on the action plan drafted for Malta through the ENERSCAPES project, a MED project led by the Maltese energy agency and implemented between June 2010 and May 2013. The Enerscapes action plan tackled the use of solar panels in industrial zones and areas like the engineered landfill at Għallis, whereas the MER plan will take into account different technical requirements needed to implement such projects.
MER will provide an opportunity for MIEMA to network with other European organisations that have undertaken similar projects, to identify ways of implementing the action plan. This will contribute to refine Malta’s energy and environmental strategies and will help in the rehabilitation and use of areas with low economic and environmental significance.