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Malta unlikely to reach EU target of 22% Energy Savings in Buildings by 2020

Malta is unlikely to reach a target set by the European Union to increase energy savings by 22% by 2020, despite reaching its 3% target for 2010. To date, there are no concrete structures in place to support major investment into much needed refurbishment and transformation of existing buildings into energy efficient facilities. Buildings currently account for around nearly 40% of energy consumption within the EU. Furthermore, with global greenhouse gas emissions set to rise over the next decade, energy efficient renovations of existing building stock are vital to meet EU targets.


Wise energy management in buildings is also an important step towards reducing carbon emissions, through investments in intelligent building technologies. Furthermore, EU studies have shown that the potential for energy savings from renovation of buildings will benefit society & local economies by €200 billion annually by 2020 through lower energy bills and reduced health costs.


Energy Efficiency in BuildingsGovernment incentive schemes have increased awareness of wise energy management. However, an EU commissioned report published last year shows that Malta obtained the lowest energy efficiency funds out of all European Union states. Some proposals submitted by EU members suggested payback periods on investment of over 50 years according Harald Wögerbauer, the author of the report. By focusing on managing the indoor climate, significant energy consumption savings are possible. The strategy is simple: use energy only when and by how much you need. Intelligent controls respond to population changes within buildings or rooms and adjust the light levels, air conditioning and ventilation accordingly, resulting in reductions in the energy bill of up to 25%.


Today’s range of intelligent controls makes it possible to renovate existing buildings, opening up endless possibilities for traditionally cash-strapped buildings such as government buildings, hospitals, schools and museums to invest in energy saving technology.


Intelligent building technologies have very short Return-on-Investments (ROI). Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) and Room Energy Management Systems (REMS) typically bring an immediate 15% reduction in building energy use with an ROI of less than 3 years. These intelligent technologies allow accurate control of energy-consuming equipment by strategically using energy only when and by how much it is needed, without reducing comfort levels. In any building, hotel, retail outlet or office block, the comfort of guests or clients is assured, leading to a productive working environment and increased business.


Investing in systems that reduce energy wastage also directly addresses Malta’s pressing matters regarding EU energy efficiency targets. Intelligent building controls offer better ROI than any solar technology on the market and deliver significant benefits to property owners, occupants and towards reducing carbon emissions. With rising energy costs, unsustainable greenhouse gas emissions and deadlines for EU targets on the horizon, there has never been a better time to invest in intelligent energy efficient building technologies such as Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) and Room Energy Management Systems (REMS).


AIS Technology is a leading engineering firm with over 22 years’ experience in intelligent energy efficiency technologies. AIS has installed numerous BEMS and REMS solutions to private and public organisations and provide free energy assessments, carried out by specially trained staff to organisations interested in reducing energy wastage and increasing energy efficiency.