George Mangion

Senior Partner, PKF Malta

George Mangion has over thirty years’ experience in the financial services industry at large, with a special focus on the founding spheres of accounting, auditing, and taxation. He was one of the pioneers behind the local remote gaming industry and over the past years has actively been promoting the honing of a research and development ecosystem for innovation in Malta with the support of industry world leaders. He is the registered and licensed Accredited Agent for PKF Malta under the Malta Citizenship by Investment Programme (MIIP), the Malta Residence and Visa Program as well as the Global Residence Program Rules and Highly Qualified Person Rules.

Can We Derive Renewable Energy From Floating Sea Panels?

Wednesday 06th December 2017

How can we tell if the constant barrage in the media to combat climate change is not another hoax like the millennium bug? The answer is that we are all noticing a change in climate, and this needs to be checked. What is undeniable is the increase in carbon dioxide concentrations and other greenhouse gases, such as methane and nitrous oxide caused by our activities – mainly the explosion in car ownership, not to mention the increase in heavy industry. 

We know that carbon dioxide is emitted in the atmosphere: just recall how only a few decades ago, we ran our Marsa power station on coal and later switched to burning fossil fuel (including heavy fuel oil at Delimara plant). Of course with the increased influx of tourists, there are more transport emissions. Certainly, concentrations of carbon dioxide in the Mediterranean have increased along with the atmospheric concentrations, giving us colder winters and higher humidity in summer. All lines of evidence taken together make it unambiguous that the increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations is human-induced, primarily a result of fossil fuel burning. It is a fact that greenhouse gases when controlled can serve a useful purpose; that is, to absorb infrared radiation from the Sun and re-emit it in all directions.

This natural greenhouse effect causes the creation of water vapour and resultant carbon dioxide and this functions like a shield to protect the Earth’s surface, which otherwise would be intolerable. The mechanism assures us of the habitable average temperature that results. Increasing the concentration of greenhouse gases directly increases the atmosphere’s optical thickness for infrared radiation, which alters the total amount of solar radiation absorbed by Earth. The same amount of energy Earth receives as solar radiation, in a steady state, must be returned as infrared radiation; the energy of radiation depends on the temperature at which it is emitted and thus determines the mean temperature at the emission level.

The target was that by 2020, the EU would seek to obtain 20 per cent of its total energy consumption requirements with renewable energy sources. Malta has so far been a laggard in this regard as only small steps have so far been taken. As a definition, renewable energy includes wind, solar, hydro-electric and tidal power as well as geothermal energy and biomass. From studies published by the EU, one notes that Germany leads the pack as a country which has invested the highest amount in this sector, claiming to be the world's first major renewable energy economy (in 2010, investments total €26 bn). According to official figures, some 370,000 people in Germany were employed in the renewable energy sector in 2010, and it is no surprise to discover that most companies benefiting from this sector are small and medium-sized companies.

One may question why Malta, with better exposure to rays of the sun, has not responded to this call to increase production of electricity from use of photovoltaic panels, considering that prices for the equipment have been dropping. Can we remain complacent when reliable sources show several lines of evidence to prove that carbon dioxide is on the increase in past two decades? Unfortunately, any large-scale renewable energy systems are not a practical solution on such a small island unless experiments being tested regarding using floating panels in the sea prove feasible. 

Paul Bugeja

CEO of the Malta Tourism Authority

Sustaining the Valletta 2018 effect

December 2017

Now that Valletta 2018 is round the corner, it is satisfying to note that the build-up of marketing towards it has generated a positive effect for the Maltese islands.

Daniel Debono

EU affairs manager, Head of Brussels operations, Malta Business Bureau

2018: A Critical Year For The EU To Deliver

December 2017

When one looks back at President Juncker’s 10 political guidelines that were set at the beginning of his mandate, one concludes that this last Commission programme is a continuation of the work undertaken over the past four years, and aims to complete some of the political projects.

Louis Olivieri

Marketing Specialist

Corporate Anniversaries – More Than A Reason To Party

December 2017

It pays organisations to capitalise on special occasions with elements which contribute to and/or are compatible with the reasons for their existence and growth path.

Daniel Bugeja

Business Doctor

Excelling At The Foundations Of Your Business

December 2017

For a business to be successful, it is crucial for there to be continued incremental improvements in all areas of the business throughout.

David Galea

Chief Executive Officer, BEAT

Meeting The Challenge Of Business Process Digitisation

December 2017

Thanks to digitisation, companies are racing to migrate ‘analog’ approaches to customers, products, services, and operating models to an always-on, real-time, and information-rich marketplace