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Public Consultation: Guidelines for the Reduction of Light Pollution in the Maltese Islands


From: Ministry for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning
(Environment & Resources Authority and Planning Authority)

​Published: ​23 June 2020
Running till: 4 August 2020
​Last Updated: 25 June 2020

1.        Background​

Artificial light offers valua
ble benefits to society. It extends hours of activity and facilitates education, leisure, recreation, travel and economic activities beyond the diurnal hours. However, if used inappropriately, artificial or man-made light can be of a nuisance and is harmful to human health and wildlife. Such inappropriate lighting may lead to light pollution, which is independent from the efficacy of the luminaires installed, is also a waste of energy and contributes to climate change by increased carbon emissions in the atmosphere.

External artificial light may lead to spill-over light, or in other words, light which shines or trespasses into areas beyond that area, place or subject intended to be illuminated. Energy-efficient LED luminaires also resulted in an increase in levels of illumination, which often do not provide an increase in benefit, as well as an increase in blue-rich light emissions, which are considered amongst the one with the greatest impact.

These Guidelines provide an overview of the effects of light pollution, providing guidance how light pollution can be avoided or even reduced, particularly in cases of existing bad lighting installations.

Furthermore, the guidelines also indicate the framework for the adoption of Dark Sky Areas on the Maltese main islands, similar to areas already designated on Gozo and Comino.

2.        Documents
3.        Submission of input

The public is invited to submit any feedback or comments on this draft document by sending an email to

Submissions must be received by 4 August 2020.
We thank you in advance for your input.

Please be informed that comments submitted, together with the identity of the contributor, may be published online at the end of the public consultation, unless the contributor objects to the publication of his/her personal data. In this case, the contribution may be published in anonymous form.

All comments submitted shall be duly considered.

Please be informed that submissions will be published on the webpage of this consultation at the end of the scoping phase. The lead Ministry has sole discretion upon the publication of comments.

Received contributions, together with the identity of the contributor, will be published on the Internet, unless the contributor objects to the publication of his/her personal data on the grounds that such publication would harm his/her legitimate interests. In this case the contribution may be published in anonymous form. Otherwise the contribution will not be published nor will, in principle, its content be taken into account.  Any objections concerning the publication of personal data should be sent to the service responsible for the consultation on the following email address:
Comments cannot exceed 10,000 characters. If you think your submission will exceed this limit please make use of the email address published on this consultation page.   

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In addition, please be aware of:
·         Disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (Chapter 496)
As we are a public authority all documents we hold, including documents related to this public consultation process, may be released following a request to us under the Freedom of Information Act (Chap. 496), unless such request may be subject of an exemption arising from the same Act.​

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Press Release PR201186en
Published on 23 June 2020