Green Hydrogen, Melita Pipeline and the Interconnectors

Green Hydrogen, Melita Pipeline and the Interconnectors

18 Feb 2022
The progressive party Volt Malta believes Malta needs a more future-oriented approach to energy that the sector should prioritise transitioning to ren
  • Move forward with Green Hydrogen & other Renewable Gases
  • Melita natural gas pipeline should not receive EU funds
  • Interconnectors should be green as possible

The progressive party Volt Malta believes Malta needs a more future-oriented approach to energy that the sector should prioritise transitioning to renewable solutions, particularly Green Hydrogen. It would work closely with local civil society groups and conduct feasibility studies, and consider establishing transparent strategic partnerships to ensure Malta’s capability to utilise such renewable gases with oversight of an integrity pact. Volt also would aim to conduct a partial IPO of such a project to encourage shareholder activism. 

 Volt does not believe natural gas should be seen as a transitory source of energy, unlike the EU Taxonomy. ‘‘EU funds should definitely not be an option for the Melita natural gas pipeline’’ added Kassandra Mallia, Volt Malta candidate & Vice President ‘‘not just due to immoral payout it would trigger with Electrogas, but we already failed our 2020 renewable energy target of 10%, a commitment to a natural gas pipeline won’t get us any closer to reaching our 2030 target of 11.5% if this pipeline even was built by 2028. A pipeline if any, should strictly be based on renewable gases only but not one that compensates Electrogas.’’

Promoting infrastructure creates dependence, the party firmly believes that Malta should spend more time lobbying more aggressively for renewable energy being the dominant source of energy within the European Grid and for further energy independence to prevent future fluctuations in energy prices.

The party would work to ensure that supply energy would not be disrupted while renewable solutions are found and that the second Malta-Sicily interconnector is built by its deadline of 2025. Volt stresses that the interconnector’s energy sources should be transparent and increasingly renewable. Additionally Volt would seek to conduct a transparent study on whether Malta could ever be capable of generating Green Hydrogen itself. 

This is one part of our proposals to further expand renewable energy options in Malta which as a whole, will lean toward domestic production.’’ - Arnas Lasys, party Co-President