Discover which 26 islands will become pioneers of the clean energy transition

25-02-2019

Today, 26 European islands have officially launched their clean energy transition with the support of the European Commission’s Clean Energy for EU Islands Secretariat.

In a first phase, 6 islands, the Aran Islands (Ireland), the Cres-Lošinj archipelago (Croatia), Sifnos (Greece), Culatra (Portugal), Salina (Italy) and La Palma (Spain) will develop and publish their clean energy transition agendas by summer 2019. The other 20 islands will do so by summer 2020.

These islands are:

• Hvar, Croatia
• New Caledonia, France
• Pantelleria, Italy
• A Illa de Arousa, Spain
• Brač, Croatia
• Crete, Greece
• Azores, Portugal
• Gotland, Sweden
• Korčula, Croatia
• Samos, Greece
• Ibiza, Spain
• Öland, Sweden
• Kökar, Finland
• Cape Clear, Ireland
• Mallorca, Spain
• Orkney, UK
• Marie-Galante, France
• Favignana, Italy
• Menorca, Spain
• Group of Off-Grid Scottish Islands, UK

(…) There are more than 2200 inhabited islands in the EU. Despite having an abundance of renewable sources of energy, such as wind, solar and wave energy, many of them currently depend on expensive fossil fuel imports for their energy supply. The clean energy transition can help islands not only become more self-sufficient and prosperous, but also unlock new employment opportunities in their communities.

The objective of the Clean Energy for EU Islands Secretariat is to help as many European islands as possible embark on and advance their clean energy transition in a way that includes the whole island and its stakeholders. Based on experience with successful transition processes, the key to success is to involve all levels of governance of the islands – citizens, municipalities, local businesses, universities and schools – as well as relevant stakeholders from the mainland and bring them on board to actively support and shape their own transition.

(…) The 26 islands were selected based on their potential for establishing a high-quality transition process with the support of the Secretariat. In order to serve as inspiring examples for as many European islands as possible over the coming years, special attention was paid to including islands covering a broad variety of geographic and contextual conditions.

Go and read our first news item introducing this project by clicking here

Go and read the full news release by clicking here