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Enemalta faces a number of environmental challenges. As the major player in the energy sector in Malta, its operations can have a substantial impact on the Environment.

As part of its ongoing commitment to reduce the negative environmental impact of its business activities, Enemalta’s electricity generation and distribution operations are governed by a strict environmental management system (EMS). This set of procedures makes sure that Enemalta adheres to international best practices in Environment protection and pollution control, and to continually review its operations to further reduce its impact on the Environment.
In August 2011, Enemalta’s EMS was awarded the internationally-acclaimed ISO 14001:2004 certification. International external auditors annually review the EMS to ensure it continues to achieve its environmental objectives. In addition, every three years Enemalta has to seek recertification following a thorough examination of all EMS procedures and practices.
The latest recertification audit was carried out in July 2014 by the international certification body Bureau Veritas Hellas. This organisation re-confirmed Enemalta’s ISO 14001 certification on 2 August 2014.
Malta complies with several European Union environmental regulations, including the Large Combustion Plant Directive (LCP), the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Directive (IPPC) and the Waste Management and Greenhouse Gases legislation.
Combustion installations such as Enemalta’s Marsa Power Station and Delimara Power Station require an IPPC permit to operate. A requisite of this permit is the implementation of an EMS. Enemalta’s internationally-certified EMS also contributes to the attainment of the IPPC permits required for its electricity generation operations.
What is an Environmental Management System (EMS)?
An environmental management system is a set of operational procedures, or in simpler terms, a way of doing things at Enemalta. It leads to a reduction in the negative environmental impacts that Enemalta’s operations may cause. The system focuses on the causes of our environmental impacts and seeks to put in place effective ways of reducing or avoiding them altogether.
Any organisation having an established EMS is encouraged to continuously improve its environmental performance. The system follows a repeating cycle, based on the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle, as shown hereunder.
PDCA cycle
PDCA cycle
In this cycle, Enemalta starts by committing itself to an Environmental Policy. It then uses the policy as a basis for establishing a plan including specific objectives and targets for improving environmental performance. The next step is implementation. After that, Enemalta evaluates its environmental performance to see whether the objectives and targets are being met. If targets are not being met, corrective action is taken. Every year, the top management reviews the results of this evaluation and verification to make sure that intended goals of the EMS are being reached.
During the annual Management Review Meeting, the top management also determines the progress of the system, confirms the results obtained during the previous year and identifies new objectives and targets for the following year, to maintain continuous improvement. Based on this analysis, the environmental policy is reviewed and any changes are implemented. The cycle repeats itself every twelve months.
What is the ISO 14001:2004 Certification?
The ISO 14001:2004 is an internationally-recognised standard that specifies the latest requirements for an EMS, which will enable an organisation to:
-          set up and implement an environmental policy,
-          identify significant environmental aspects emanating from the organisation’s activities and their impacts on the Environment,
-          set up and implement a number of objectives,
-          take the necessary actions to improve its performance.
An organisation is awarded the ISO 14001:2004 certificate when it is able to show that its EMS meets the requirements of this international standard. Through an elaborate assessment process, the organisation would need to prove that the EMS it is implementing conforms to the latest requirements of this standard.
The aim of the ISO 14001 standard is to provide the main building blocks for an effective Environmental Management System which supports the protection of the Environment and contains environmental pollution. 
Moreover, such a system can be integrated with other management requirements to aid the organisation in achieving its economic and environmental targets.
How is the ISO 14001 Certification carried out?
The first ISO 14001 certification at Enemalta was obtained in August 2011 and was carried out by auditors from the accredited certification body Certiquality S.r.l. . This certificate was valid for 3 years until 2 August 2014. Within this period, the company’s auditors carried out annual surveillance audits to confirm that the system is appropriately maintained and that there is continuous improvement as required by the Standard.
During the Certification audits the auditors review the following aspects:
  • Enemalta’s policy, objectives and environmental improvement programme
  • The method used to identify the significant environmental aspects
  • Confirm that all legal obligations have been identified and are being met
  • Check all EMS documentation - legal, technical and administrative
  • Analyse the standard operating procedures and confirm compatibility of systems of work
  • Carry out on-site audits
  • Interview employees from different strata within the organisation’s hierarchy.
A recertification audit was carried out in July 2014 by another certification body, Bureau Veritas Hellas. A new three-year certificate was issued on 2 August 2014. Enemalta’s ISO 14001:2004 certificate is shown hereunder.


What is Enemalta’s Environmental Policy?
This policy is the foundation to the Environmental Management System and is a requisite of the standard.
It declares Enemalta’s commitment to Environment protection in all its operations.
The policy reads as follows: