|CoE encourages sustainable solutions in energy and transport at 23rd Annual Conference|
The Chamber of Engineers recently held its 23rd Annual Engineering Conference – this year covering the topic of Energy and Transport: Challenges and Opportunities.
During his address, Chamber of Engineers President Ing. Norman Zammit first referred to transport, stating that through the Sustainable Development Policy, the Government and private sector should work together to provide Smart Travelling. This is reflected in the need to provide efficient, modern travel that is also socially and environmentally aware.
He explained that the strategy should seek to not only establish good highway engineering and access designs to the island but also to demonstrate state-of-the-art sustainable travel opportunities. This means effective management of access and mobility that provides road users with a choice of access modes, infrastructure that makes access hassle free and resulting environment that is pleasant to live and work in.This also requires the commitment from Government to ensure that adequate public transport opportunities are available and that innovative technologies are exploited to maximize take-up.Ing. Zammit also recommended the introduction of a surface railway system that would cover the south/central areas of the island where the major industrial and commercial activity takes place. Such an investment would bring in the private sector.
On the topic of energy, Ing. Zammit remarked that on past proposals for the installation of a gas pipeline between Malta and Sicily. Sicily has a large number of gas reserves which can be exploited and this would allow Malta to shift away from heavy fuel oil. He noted with satisfaction that the gas pipeline initiative is once again underway. Ing. Zammit stated that a shift to natural gas should not be the only solution to our energy problems. In Malta we are focusing primarily on photovoltaics, since the wind farm option was shelved due to environmental impact. He suggested that the country needs to look further into the exploitation of our surrounding seas through the use of surface wave generators and undersea water turbines that use the seawater currents.
In his address, Hon. Joe Mizzi, Minister for Transport and the Infrastructure emphasized that the engineering community has a fundamental contribution to give in these sectors through expert advice, research and development initiatives as well as the application of modern engineering solutions to classical problems. He remarked that there will be instances where the ingenuity of engineers shall be looked upon to bring about change that would be beneficial to the economy.
The conference covered diverse topics by a number of speakers from both the private and public sector. From the transport perspective, these included Eur. Ing. Matthew Clarke, IET Automotive and Road Transport Systems Technical and Professional Network (ARTS TPN), Atkins Transportation, who discussed Planning for Driverless Vehicles and Prof. Dr Ing. Adrian Muscat and Prof. Maria Attard, University of Malta, who covered Intelligent Transport Systems: Potential for Technological Innovation and Policy Support.
From the energy perspective Dr Ing. Joseph Vassallo, Enemalta plc discussed the Malta-Sicily Interconnector, Dr Ing. Fulcieri Maltini, FM Consultants Associates covered Climate Change and the Evaluation of Innovative Technologies for Energy Production, and Ing. Stephen Sammut and Dr Ing. Patrick Attard, MCAST discussed the Deployment of an Offshore Photo-Voltaic System.
The conference was sponsored by Bank of Valletta, Citadel Insurance plc, Methode Electronics Malta Ltd, Electrofix, SmartCity Malta and the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology. It was also supported by IEEE Malta Section, The Malta Group of Professional Engineering Institutions, Toyota, Enemalta plc and ESI.
|Last Updated on Saturday, 27 June 2015 11:42|