After an absence of nearly 2 years, due to COVID restrictions and prior to the next major Concerted Action for the Energy Efficiency Directive (CA-EED) Plenary and Workshops taking place in Portugal, the CA EED organised in collaboration with the Energy and Water Agency of Malta a two-day study visit at in Malta entitled Energy Savings in the Water Sector. The purpose of this study visit was to share Malta’s experience with the energy-water nexus as well as highlighting Malta’s approach to overcoming the same sectoral challenges.
The Energy & Water Agency (EWA), being Malta’s CA-EED representatives, set the Agenda that included a presentation from EWA Chief Executive Officer Manuel Sapiano.that thoroughly explained previous and ongoing works on Malta’s freshwater struggles. During the Study Visist current initiatives and schemes to promote efficient use of water in households were showcased highlighting the importance of finding the right means to spread awareness to the general public.
The study visit which took place at the GĦAJN centre in Rabat, also included an online presentation given by Mr. Constantianos Vangelis, that delved deeply through the Regional Dimensions of The Water, Energy, Food and Ecosystems Nexus (WEFE). The study visit was concluded by Mr. Martin Eibl, on behalf of CINEA, who joined the study visit to expand upon the Water Energy Nexus project opportunities.
Members of Water Services Corporation (WSC) have also contributed to this study visit, as Ing. Stefan Riolo and Ing. David Sacco explained the importance of a good strategy behind Net Zero Impact projects and presented the Energy Management Processes in Desalination Plants. WSC also welcomed the Delegates at their RO plant in Lapsi, and in this study visit Ing Mark Bugeja went through the everyday running of this plant. The purpose of such study visits is to create an interactive environment for participants to exchange experiences and information. The specific theme that was being discussed in this visit, was the Energy-Water Nexus, a dynamic that indicates the efficiency and optimality of these resources which ultimately indicates if a participating member state is on route to achieve it’s energy related goals or not.