Sustainable Mobility in Malta: Transport Research in Practice is the theme of the first national conference being organised by the University’s Institute for Sustainable Development at Smart City Malta, Ricasoli, on November 30.
During the one-day conference local and foreign speakers, as well as young researchers will present their work on this subject with the aim of stimulating collaboration between key stakeholders in the area of transport.
Malta is characterised by a high level of private car ownership, a growing cruise liner industry, a geo-strategic freight hub and a growing air transport sector supporting increasing tourism travel.
These are putting a substantial strain on the Maltese Islands’ sustainability, particularly the levels of congestion on the arterial road network.
This in turn inhibits movement of people and goods, negatively affects economic growth and creates demand for even more investment in the road infrastructure.
It also creates air pollution, which degrades the Maltese Islands’ air quality, tourism product and public health.
Although there is considerable literature regarding land, air and sea transport in and around urban areas, there is very little that deals with such concerns in small islands.
Compiled by Noelene Scerri.