Sustainability Plan launched by Yachting Malta

Reference Number: PR201448, Press Release Issue Date: Jul 29, 2020
Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg and Minister for Finance and Financial Services Edward Scicluna launched a three-year Sustainability Plan prepared by Yachting Malta. The aim of this plan is to start using different practices towards a more sustainable and environmentally friendly yachting sector.

Minister Ian Borg said, “the Maltese maritime sector is always at the forefront working towards environmental measures. The health of our seas is a priority and I am satisfied that Yachting Malta is taking the initiative to catalyse a positive change towards more sustainability. We all know that plastic use, especially in single-use items, is among the biggest problems for our oceans. I look forward to seeing the different proposals falling in place during these years and I encourage the public and all those operating in this industry and any other industry close to the sea to also make these positive changes.”

Minister for Finance and Financial Services Edward Scicluna said that “it is a pleasure to attend to the opening of the new Birżebbuġa Sailing Club extension and the launch of this initiative by Yachting Malta. A small initiative but one that means a lot because apart from coaching the sailing sport to many children and youths, these clubs are creating environmental awareness.” Minister Scicluna highlighted the economic importance of the yachting industry in the creation of jobs and various trades and in bringing over to our shores quality tourists. It is important that we incentivise this sector because, in addition to giving pleasure to many families, it helps the economy move forward. 

Among other measures, the Sustainability Plan includes the elimination of single-use plastic during yachting activities, less paper use, promotional materials that are useful and composed of recycled materials, signs made of sustainable materials and the elimination of balloons and plastic confetti during events.