Valletta views itself as a large laboratory, whose size and unique challenges can be a testing ground for smart city replication. The Maltese Capital is surrounded by fortifications and has a high concentration of residential, administrative and commercial buildings. If the Valletta Region can implement smart solutions successfully, other such small cities may follow.
The Valletta region is a centre for administration, business and transport – including the international airport, the principal land transport hubs as well as both the Grand Harbour and the Marsamxetto Harbour which cater for cargo shipment, cruise landings and the Malta-Sicily ferry.
Particular difficulties identified by Transport Malta include:
- Congestion in the city centre
- Difficulty of access
- Local air pollution
As a follower city within GrowSmarter, Valletta aims to work with Stockholm, Cologne and Barcelona to:
- Explore the use of alternative fuels, including hydrogen and electricity
- Introduce e-bike and e-car sharing projects and schemes focusing on better accessibility within urban centres
- Improve the harbour ferry and water taxi landing sites to encourage a shift away from private passenger cars
- Introduce last mile delivery of goods using clean and energy efficient vehicles within Valletta City
- Increase the role of ITS, particularly within urban centres, to focus on road safety and intermodality
Peter Paul Barbara is leading the replication process for Valletta.
12 Smart Solutions
Click on the headings below to find out which of the 12 Smart Solutions Valletta is planning to replicate:
Low Energy District
Sustainable Urban Mobility
9. Sustainable delivery
Integrated multi-mode transport for light goods
Micro distribution of freight
12. Smart mobility solutions
Green parking index in combination with car sharing pool with EV
Electrical and cargo bike pool