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17 NEWS maltatoday | SUNDAY • 20 MARCH 2022 Nationalist Party • A commitment "to work to terminate" the Electrogas contract and to ensure that the money saved in the process is reflected in "reduction" in bills and a 50% reduction in meter charges. • A commitment to buy gas and hydro- gen directly from the open European market, the removal of the Electrogas tanker and in- vestment in a hydrogen pipeline linking Malta to Sicily. • Investment in a second interconnec- tor to double the supply of electricity from Eu- rope. • Investment in partnership with pri- vate sector in a large-scale offshore wind en- ergy project located in deeper waters. • ESG criteria for fiscal incentives to in- clude measures to achieve carbon neutrality. • A VAT refund of up to €3,000 a year to home and business owners who are taking measures to achieve carbon neutrality and who reduce energy consumption. The refund should be increased to €6,000 in the case of households, which include pensioners. • A refund to consumers who were over charged due to anomalies in billing sys- tem. • Greater investment in energy distri- bution system to reduce electricity black outs. • Any profit made by government from emission trading schemes should benefit consumers in the form of a rebate on utility bills. • New plan for water conservation and its effective management. • The installation of "intelligent bins" equipped with sensors across the country in a bid to reduce dumping. • A more rigorous legal framework to penalize single use of products. • A verification process on the site identification and operational model of the already approved Maghtab incinerator. ADPD • All new buildings should be carbon neutral. • All public buildings, factories and commercial establishments should be used for solar energy production. • Micro wind turbines should be in- stalled in all industrial estates. • A moratorium on building heights so that neighbouring roofs are not overshad- owed in a way which blocks access to solar energy. • The construction of solar farms should be limited to reversible installations and should not lead to further cementification or loss of agricultural land. Solar farms should not serve as an excuse for constructing new warehouses in disused quarries. • Government should commit itself to buy renewable energy from the interconnec- tor and should enter into an agreement with Sicilian regional government on new sources of renewable energy. • A national and regional system to en- sure the collection of vegetable oil to convert it into bio-diesel. • All state assistance to businesses should be conditional on honoring climate change obligations. Thank you... for having bought this newspaper The good news is that we're not raising the price of our newspaper We know times are still hard, but we have pledged to keep giving our readers quality news they deserve, without making you pay more for it. So thank you, for making it your MaltaToday Support your favourite newspaper with a special offer on online PDF subscriptions. Visit or scan the QR code Subscriptions can be done online on Same-day delivery at €1 for orders up to 5 newspapers per address. Subscribe from €1.15 a week Same-day print delivery from Miller Distributors mt

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