Malta’s Valletta Declaration on a Mediterranean Zero Carbon Economy by 2030 to Include Green Urban Infrastructure

May 24, 2017 at 5:13 pm

Malta’s Valletta Declaration on a Mediterranean Zero Carbon Economy by 2030 is set to include green urban infrastructure as measures to combat climate change.

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Valletta, the tiny capital of the beautiful Mediterranean island nation of Malta, will host the Towards a Zero Carbon Economy Beyond 2030 – Sustainable Urban Centres conference, held on May 29, 2017 at the University of Malta – Valletta Campus.

The culmination of the upcoming Towards a Zero Carbon Economy Beyond 2030 – Sustainable Urban Centres conference will focus on the Valletta Declaration.

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The walled city of Valletta, Malta.

Towards a Zero Carbon Economy Beyond 2030 – Sustainable Urban Centres

Organized by Climate-KIC and Paragon Europe, climate challenges occurring here in the cradle of civilization will be highlighted. The goal is to create a world’s first zero carbon economy solution in the Mediterranean by 2030 and issue an important Valletta Declaration from the conference that binds generations to come.

Climate-KIC is Europe’s largest public-private innovation partnership focused on climate innovation to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Paragon Europe is a Maltese organization focused on research, training and project management.

“By organising a conference around 3 important pillars, the challenges and solutions in green urban centres, circular economy and green finance, Climate-KIC will also showcase the key deliverables achieved so far on Smart Sustainable Districts and its plans to extend the flagship programme to the Mediterranean.

The Smart Sustainable Districts (SSD) is a Climate-KIC programme that works closely with highly ambitious districts, such as Malta, across Europe to identify innovative solutions to their sustainability and climate change challenges.

Throughout the conference the focus will be on low carbon mobility concepts, the operation of smart grids, energy neutral buildings, the promotion of efficient water management and improvement of public and green spaces.” Towards a Zero Carbon Economy Beyond 2030 – Sustainable Urban Centres

Climate-KIC and Paragon Europe are looking at how to achieve a zero-carbon economy beyond 2030 to mitigate the severely damaging effects of climate change through the full-day Climate Change Conference that is part of the official Maltese-EU Presidency program. And greenroofs and other forms of green urban infrastructure will be presented here at the Towards a Zero Carbon Economy Beyond 2030 – Sustainable Urban Centres conference. A series of keynotes and presentations will be held in the morning and followed by afternoon workshops where solutions to challenges will be provided.

“A long-term adaptation and mitigation plan to cope with the effects must start now. This includes identifying areas prone to sea flooding and building appropriate flood defences, drawing up a comprehensive water framework plan to ensure the survival of the mean sea level aquifer and developing comprehensive mitigation and adaptability plans to protect our cultural heritage.” ~ Edwin Ward, Paragon Europe

To learn about the Agenda, Speakers, accommodations, and further regarding Towards a Zero Carbon Economy Beyond 2030 – Sustainable Urban Centres in Malta, visit their website.

The Growing Green Economy

Several factors are helping to drive change towards a low carbon economy in Malta and the region including government legislation, innovations in low carbon technology, and the growing green economy.

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Jure Šumi, Business Development Director Green Solutions with Knauf Insulation.

In fact, an informal high-level Meeting on Energy Efficiency in the Mediterranean was held on May 18 and 19 at the Grand Master’s Palace in Valletta. The two day meeting gathered Energy Ministers and their delegations from the 43 States of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), i.e. EU28, North Africa, and Mediterranean Middle East.

The Meeting on Energy Efficiency in the Mediterranean meeting was co-organized by the European Commission, the UfM, the Maltese EU Presidency, and the Kingdom of Jordan.  Greenroofs and other forms of green infrastructure were presented by Knauf Insulation, a member of the greenroof industry, showing they are important elements to provide advanced energy efficiency in buildings.

Jure Šumi, Business Development Director Green Solutions with Knauf Insulation said:

“As roofs are the sites of the greatest heat loss in the winter and the hottest temperatures in the summer, green roofs help both – keep the cold out in the winter and reject heat to enter in the summer. They have many other energy benefits as well, amongst others they can dramatically reduce the roof temperatures (lower Urban Heat Island) which consequently leads to much more efficient air-conditioning and PV energy generation when AC units and/or Photo-Voltaic panels are put on the roof.

There are further benefits to be considered which go even beyond energy efficiency including noise reduction, improved storm water management and improved air quality in cities. We have invested major R&D resources in to our range of Urbanscape® Green Roof Systems in order to be able to measure all that and provide construction engineers, architects and urban planners with state of the art data and proof that Green Roofs matter. And they also look fantastic, too.” ~ Urbanscape Green Solutions

Mrs. Monica Frassoni, President of the European Alliance to Save Energy and a co-president of the European Green Party, expressed appreciation for Knauf Insulation’s presentation and its views on green building envelopes extending well beyond thermal insulation:

“It is great to work with Knauf Insulation. Along with other members of the European Alliance to Save Energy they have been at the forefront of our campaign for energy efficiency in Europe since the creation of the Alliance back in 2010. They are an excellent example of why green business is good for Europe, for European citizens but most importantly for the future of our planet.” ~ Urbanscape Green Solutions

Knauf Insulation provided their view on future energy efficient buildings, pointing out specifically green urban infrastructure as a driver of the energy efficiency in buildings and big cities. While greenroofs in particular received positive feedback, they feel a stronger global alliance and presence on the legislation map is needed.

Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU

Malta Valletta Declaration Mediterranean Zero Carbon Economy 2030 Green Infrastructure

The presidency of the European Union Council rotates among the EU member states every six months. During this 6-month period, the presidency chairs meetings at every level in the Council, helping to ensure the continuity of the EU’s work in the Council. The Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU runs from January 1 through June 30, 2017.

Continued success to all of the climate change and green professionals in Malta and the MENA (Middle East North Africa) region!

By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher & Greenroofs & Walls of the World™ Virtual Summit Host

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Project of the Week for January 2, 2017: Greenroofs.com Projects of the Week 2016 in Review

January 2, 2017 at 1:02 am

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In 2016 we featured many different varieties of greenroofs and greenwalls from across the globe.  Join us for a quick look at these interesting, important, or just fabulous projects in our Greenroofs.com Projects of the Week 2016 in Review video!  And except for Antarctica, we covered all of the remaining six continents.

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To learn more about each project, visit our Projects of the Week Gallery page where you can click on each photo to go more in-depth in its Blog feature, with links to its Project Profile in The International Greenroof & Greenwall Projects Database.

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Project of the Week for October 10, 2016: The Rock House

October 10, 2016 at 9:00 am

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The Rock House
Kumbo, Nso Region, Northwest Province, Cameroon
250 sf. Greenroof

Project of the Week Description & Details

Tucked into a remote hillside of rocky, volcanic soil against the backdrop of a pastoral landscape in Northwestern Cameroon, The Rock House project sits at an elevation of 6500 feet in the highlands of the Nso kingdom outside of the regional capital of Kumbo. Deluged by sixty inches of precipitation in the rainy season and parched by a dry season lasting 5 months, the design relies on what is immediately available within a stone’s throw. This green roof was planned and built to star as the pilot project of AREA, the African Research & Exchange Academy, the brainchild of Dr. Ajume Wingo, a man dedicated to helping his country and community. Designer Karla Dakin wanted a building that literally fit into the environment with an infinity edge roof where green roof and horizon meld into one.

Project of the Week Rock House Camaroon Africa Dakin Wingo

The vernacular architecture of Cameroon tends to look inward to protect against the glaring light, heat, and dust of summer and the relentless, winter winds and rains. There are no formal, commercial, or established systems used here. With the indispensable ingenuity of structural engineer Terence Lendzele, Dakin designed the glorified “shed” to wrap itself around volcanic stone. She dug up native grasses, perennials and soil (2-3 inches in depth) and carried it in buckets up to the roof, laying it down exactly as it lived on porous rock nearby. She trained a young man, Ferdinand, to help her and he quickly became the project coordinator, taking charge of the planting and making sure plenty of native flowers and mosses found their way up to a new home. As for irrigation and maintenance, this roof will rely on the natural elements. “The Rock House,” as the locals call it, defies the elements atop a barren hill with picture windows taking in a breathtaking view for miles and miles. Dr. Wingo tells people it is an art piece because they cannot believe it is a building.

Project of the Week Rock House Camaroon Africa Dakin Wingo

Project of the Week Rock House Camaroon Africa Dakin Wingo

NOTE:  Landscape architect Karla Dakin, also the architectural designer for The Rock House, would appreciate any help identifying the native plants found on the site for the greenroof.  She says there are no books for plants for this particular region, and although there is one for a nearby region, it is very expensive with no guarantee it will contain the correct vegetation.

Any ideas? Please contact Karla at: karla@kdakindesign.com.

Project of the Week Rock House Camaroon Africa Dakin Wingo

Year: 2016
Owner: AREA (African Research & Exchange Academy), Dr. Ajume Wingo
Location: Kumbo, Nso Region, Northwest Province, Cameroon
Building Type: Multi-Use
Type: Extensive, Test/Research
System: Custom
Size: 250 sq.ft.
Slope: 4%
Access: Inaccessible, Private

Project of the Week Rock House Camaroon Africa Dakin Wingo

Project of the Week Rock House Camaroon Africa Dakin Wingo

Designers/Manufacturers of Record:

Architectural Designer and Landscape Architect: Karla Dakin, Principal, K. Dakin Design Inc.
Structural Engineer: Terence Lendzele
Project Coordinator: Ferdinand

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By Linda S. Velazquez, ASLA, LEED AP, GRP
Greenroofs.com Publisher