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Malta ranks 25th in the 2015 Eco-innovation Scoreboard with a composite index of 64 relative to the EU-average index of 100. The country slightly exceeds the EU-28 average in terms of resource efficiency outcomes (with an index of 104), but lags behind in eco-innovation inputs, activities and outputs and socio-economic outcomes.

The development of eco-innovation is hindered by a mix of natural constraints and structural challenges, including the country’s small size and insularity, limited potential to develop renewable energy sources, a weak human resources base in science and technologies, limited capacity and readiness for research and innovation on behalf of local firms, and relatively low levels of investment in R&D.

Nevertheless, several recent policy initiatives – most notably, a new National Research and Innovation Strategy to 2020 – reflect the Government’s commitment to improve Malta’s innovation environment and R&D potential. Policy initiatives specifically related to eco-innovation and the circular economy include a Green Economy Strategy and Action Plan, a National Electromobility Action Plan, and a new Waste Management Plan. Areas that have benefitted from eco-innovation solutions in the past two years include water management (in particular, efforts to address water scarcity) and energy efficiency

 

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Malta Segway Tours

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Malta_GPE_SegwayThe innovation of this product is that of providing a new green mode of experiencing Malta's heritage and countryside without exherting any noise pollution as well as not having any CO2 emissions. It is an example of eco-innovation in the provision of a service in tourism.

Segway technology is usually used in large city tours where the place is big and there are many places to visit. It is not a technology which is usually used to promote experiences of countryside and historic buildings which are away from city centres and can only reached by private transport. The tour is innovative in the places chosen such as Dingli Cliffs, Girghenti, and other less traditional tourist sites. The service allows one to experience the Segway which is an innovative vehicle while at the same time learn about Malta's culture as well as Malta's countryside while being green in their travel and enjoy our nature. The target clients are cruise liner pasengers as they usually have little time and possess the necessary purchasing power to be able to pay for the service. Cruise liners offer the service. Then they contact the company, and provide transport to the starting point of the tour. The company in its third year has experienced a growing market and the service appears to be picking up, even if it is not yet at sustainable levels. Short tours cost 45 euro and long ones cost 79 euros.

Barriers and Drivers

Drivers: The main driver of this innovation in service is the company's beliedthat this product is good both for Malta's environment as well as in supporting its tourism industry. It is not yet porfitable and although it is funded by EU funds by the Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) it is something that the company  believes in.

Barriers - The main barriers involve the capital expenditure in the pruchase of the Segway technology. It is also expensive in its servicing is expensive as maintenace and problems require that the segway is sent back to its manufacturing company and cannot be done locally. This does not allow the company to provide the service at a more viable cost and thus reaching a greater potential clientele.

Economic Performance

It is still low as a business as the uptake is limited due to the high costs of the tours. However the innovation promotes other economic activity such as work for tourleaders, bus transport, vendors of tours and other vendors  who get commissions etc.

Social Performance

It provides business and work to many small businesses particularly  in the Dingli region which is not usually a tourist place and this has increased economic activity for the locals.

Environmental Impact

It is green, it neigther pollutes nor does it make any noise and so there is also no sound pollution.

Further Information

http://maltasegwaytours.com

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