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Dear EU islands community,

Autumn has started, the leaves are turning, and the EU island secretariat is focusing on all events that are now taking place. If you have missed the introductory event of the Island Marketplace, you can find all the information and a link to the recording below. The same goes for the Croatia edition of the Clean energy for EU islands Energy Academy and our participation in the 19th European Week of Regions and Cities that we took part in with our friends from NESOI.

What else? Our technical team has worked hard on the technical solution booklet, which gives you a perfect overview of all energy technologies suitable for islands – do have a look!

And last but not least, the legal team has finalised its questionnaires to explore the legal and regulatory barriers and opportunities concerning the energy transition on EU islands. Please take a moment to fill in our survey.

Stay in touch, and all the best!

Your EU islands team

Clean energy for EU islands initiative
Greetings from the Islands - Here Are the Winners!

After receiving many beautiful submissions from islands all over Europe, the Clean energy for EU islands secretariat has chosen the winners of the Call for Postcards "Greetings from the Islands".

Barriers? What Barriers?

The Clean energy for EU islands secretariat focuses on legal and regulatory barriers that EU islands face in energy transition and implementation of clean energy projects. The regulatory analysis aims to understand the current state of things, including main barriers and propose potential solutions to accelerate the energy transition.

The Technology Solutions Booklet

This Technology solutions booklet provides an overview of energy technologies that are currently commercially available for islands to advance in their clean energy transition. Technologies are grouped per sector: electricity, heating and cooling, transport, and storage.

19th European Week of Regions and Cities

The Clean energy for EU islands secretariat participated in the European Week of Regions and Cities 2021 with a jointly organised workshop on clean energy transition on EU islands. Check out the recording now.

Island Marketplace Introduction Event – A Summary

The financial team of the EU islands secretariat has has introduced the concept and aims of the newly established Island Marketplace in an online event. You can catch up with the recording here.

Clean energy for EU islands Energy Academy - Croatia Edition

If you missed our second Energy Academy focusing on Croatian islands on October 21-22 you can catch up with our recording on the various sessions covering topics like the Croatian national Energy and Climate Change Plan, Recovery Fund and new legislation on the energy market.

News from the islands
Greek Islands Present their Clean Energy Transition

An engaging regional meeting was held digitally on September 30, regarding the clean energy transition of Greek islands, organised by the Centre for Renewable Energy Sources & Saving (CRES) and within the framework of the Clean energy for EU islands initiative.

Municipality Schiermonnikoog Visits Samsø Energy Academy

The municipality of Schiermonnikoog is the smallest island of the Dutch Wadden Islands. It is located in the North Sea and has less than 1000 inhabitants. Even though the island is small, the people have big dreams about a sustainable future.

Welcome to Chios

Within the framework of the Clean energy for EU islands program, the Municipality of Chios Island in Greece and CRES are organising, on the 9th of November, the 1st online workshop on the way to create and implement the Clean Energy Transition Agenda for Chios island.

The Clean energy for EU islands initiative and beyond
The Ecosystemic Transition Unit

The Ecosystemic Transition Unit (ETU) was developed by the Interreg MED Renewable Energy community. It is a multilevel governance model that acts as a roadmap for municipalities in rural and island areas to join the clean energy transition.

LIFE Clean Energy Transition Sub-Programme – Funding Available

Building on the success of the Intelligent Energy Europe (2003-2013) and Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency (2014-2020) programmes, the LIFE Clean Energy Transition sub-programme continues to support the delivery of EU policies in the field of sustainable energy.

The Second European Island Facitlity NESOI Call Open

NESOI is happy to announce its second open call for proposals next October 29, 2021. This is just around the corner, so there are a series of webinars where you will be able to learn all the details and requirements of this call.

Island Innovation Awards 2021 – Dedicated to Islanders Driving Positive Change

You can now apply for the Island Innovation Awards 2021 until November 05, 2021! What are the awards about? Who can apply?

Explore, Shape & Act: The Story

Remember our two girls Sophie and Anna? From the solar farm that they passed to Sophie’s grandma, it was not a long way to cycle. Anna was surprised when she saw the house. Yes, it was old, but Sophie’s grandma had it retrofitted with new windows, solar panels on the roof and insulated to make it cosy in the winter and not too hot in the summer. Grandma lives alone in her house and she proudly shows the girls all the things she has done to make her home more environmentally friendly.

Oh, we nearly forgot to mention that Anna and Sophie already met some of grandma’s neighbours who were visiting at the same time to discuss an important issue!

Stay tuned for the next episode!

Islands at COP26
During COP26, Island Innovation is going to present an “Island Space” where they will share key insights and developments related to remote, rural and island communities. Through their global network, they will help to connect the COP26 conversation to a truly global audience!
date 01/11/2021 - 12/11/2021
Enlit Europe
Enlit Europe will take place in Milan from November 30 to December 02, 2021. There is the opportunity to meet industry experts in clean energy, listen to discussions on new technologies, and connect with EU projects exhibiting at the event.
date 14/10/2021
Clean energy for EU islands

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Photo credits in order of appearance: Th!nk E (Agata Smok), Th!nk E (Agata Smok), Canva, Canva, Island Innovation, CRES, Wallpaper Flare, Samsø Energy Academy, Pixabay (martinklass), CINEA, NESOI, and Th!nk E (Agata Smok).

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