The first ever Clean Energy for EU Islands forum will take place on 22 September in Chania, Crete. It will mark the launch of the Clean Energy for All European Islands Initiative, which aims to help the more than 2700 islands in the EU reduce high energy costs and challenges regarding energy security, make more use of renewables, and develop innovative energy systems. More information can be found here and registration details will soon be available.
The forum will include discussion sessions on decarbonising islands in the EU, and obtaining financing for this. It will also feature two roundtables showcasing existing best practices and innovative projects in the areas of renewables, research and innovation, and energy efficiency. Speakers will include the Prime Minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras, the European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, and the Director-General for Energy at the European Commission, Dominique Ristori.
The Clean Energy for All European Islands Initiative was created as a result of a political declaration signed in Valetta, Malta in May 2017 by the European Commission and 14 EU countries (Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden). It provides a forum for everyone with an interest in the clean energy transition on EU islands to share best practice and collaborate in the creation of a long-term framework to promote funding and technical assistance.