During this video blog, Minister for Finance Prof. Edward Scicluna discusses the challenges posed by climate change. He notes that despite clear scientific proof that the phenomenon is a tangible risk, there is globally considerable reluctance to address it.
He notes that one of the challenges of addressing climate change is that corrective action is often expensive, and it is for this reason that both the United Nations and the European Commission are encouraging many countries to take steps today.
Prof. Scicluna notes that the Maltese Government wants to lead by example, and is already supporting various pro-environment initiatives, such as a greater emphasis on
He explains that green procurement is the principle whereby the Government ensures that procurement and tenders are carried out in a manner that promotes and encourages environmental-friendly products and services, as well as the creation of green jobs.
In this way, Prof. Scicluna explains, the Government can lead by example with regard to efforts that further ‘green’ the economy so as to ensure that negative environmental impacts are decreased and minimise the effect of climate change.
– Thursday, 26th September 2014