Environment—Malta—Q&A guide
Environment—Malta—Q&A guide

The following Environment practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Environment—Malta—Q&A guide
  • 1. What are the main statutes and regulations relating to the environment?
  • 2. Is there a system of integrated control of pollution?
  • 3. What are the main characteristics of the rules applicable to soil pollution?
  • 4. What types of waste are regulated and how?
  • 5. What are the main features of the rules governing air emissions?
  • 6. How are fresh water and seawater, and their associated land, protected?
  • 7. What are the main features of the rules protecting natural spaces and landscapes?
  • 8. What are the main features of the rules protecting flora and fauna species?
  • 9. What are the main features of the rules governing noise, odours and vibrations?
  • More...

This Practice Note contains a jurisdiction-specific Q&A guide to environment in Malta published as part of the Lexology Getting the Deal Through series by Law Business Research (published: September 2020).

Authors: Camilleri Preziosi—Ron Galea Cavallazzi; Rya Gatt

1. What are the main statutes and regulations relating to the environment?

The main legislation is the Environment Protection Act (EPA) (Chapter 549), with the various aspects of environmental law regulated by the Act’s subsidiary legislation (SL).

2. Is there a system of integrated control of pollution?

The Industrial Emissions (Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control) Regulations (SL549.77) (the IPPC Regulations) aim to prevent, reduce and control pollution from various point sources and to set out principles for the permitting and control of industrial installations based on an integrated approach and the best available techniques (BAT).

The Regulations oblige operators of installations set out in Schedule 1 to obtain permits from the competent authority. Such permits would generally contain, among other details, a description of the installation, materials and energy used and generated, the sources and nature of foreseeable emissions as well as the measures planned to monitor such emissions. When determining whether to grant the permit, the competent authority adopts an ‘integrated’ approach and considers:

  1. the whole environmental performance of the installation;

  2. any potential impacts on human health; and

  3. the capability and suitability of the applicant to undertake the proposed activity.

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