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University of Malta (2006)

Improving energy efficiency in small island states : a comparative study of Malta and Cyprus

Camilleri, Josianne

Titre : Improving energy efficiency in small island states : a comparative study of Malta and Cyprus

Auteur : Camilleri, Josianne

Université de soutenance : University of Malta

Grade : Master of Arts Islands and Small States Studies 2006

Résumé
This dissertation investigates energy efficiency in small island states and demonstrates that they may become more economically and environmentally sustainable by improving their energy-efficiency. This topic is highly relevant in today’s world due to an increased awareness of the environment and climate change, and also because of the sharp rise in energy consumption and energy prices in the last few years. These issues are threatening the sustainability of global economies, and have led Governments to seek improvements in energy utilisation. The information presented in this dissertation has shown that islands are especially vulnerable to such issues and may be very adversely affected due to their particular characteristics. In view of this, the following study has analysed the relationship between energy efficiency and its related economic and environmental implications in small island states. A thorough literature review presents facts and theories and examines both the global and small-island-state scenarios. Case studies for Malta and Cyprus are presented that demonstrate how these islands are improving their energy efficiency, thus bringing about a higher standard of living and quality of life whilst satisfying their international obligations. By selecting Malta and Cyprus it is hoped that this study will contribute to the local energy and environment debate whilst drawing attention to the energy-related responsibilities that Malta and Cyprus have acquired with their recent EU accession. Furthermore, a number of recommendations that highlight the most critical issues are presented keeping in mind the economic and environmental constraints of these small island states and thus providing them with a starting point towards more sustainable prospects.

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