The Clean Energy for EU Islands Secretariat is an initiative on behalf of the European Commission. It aims to advance the clean energy transition on European islands.
The Secretariat is managed by Climate Alliance, REScoop.eu and 3E, and will work together with a wide range of local stakeholders, authorities, academia and citizens. Our work will be carried out in close collaboration with local, regional and national partners, with particular support from the Technical Educational Institute of Crete, the University of the Balearic Islands, and the Aeroe Energy and Environment Office.
In May 2017 the European Commission, together with 14 Member States, signed the "Political Declaration on Clean Energy For EU Islands" under the Maltese Presidency.
This Declaration was born out of the recognition that islands and island regions face a particular set of energy challenges and opportunities due to their specific geographic and climatic conditions. The opportunities have the potential to make Europe’s island communities innovation leaders in the clean energy transition for Europe and beyond - a fact the European Commission explicitly recognised in its Communication on "Clean Energy for All Europeans", reassuring its commitment to ensure that the energy concerns of island inhabitants are at the forefront of the energy transition and related policy developments.
Shortly after the Declaration was signed, the Commission launched the Clean Energy for EU Islands Initiative at the inaugural forum in Chania, Crete. The Initiative promotes the energy self-reliance of islands, encourages the reduction of the dependency on costly imported fossil fuels, and aims to facilitate the delivery of the best available clean technologies to islands. The Commission is committed to ensuring that the energy concerns of island inhabitants are at the forefront of the energy transition and are central to policy developments.
In cooperation with the European Parliament, the Commission in 2018 set up a Secretariat to deliver the objectives of the Clean Energy for EU Islands Initiative. The Secretariat acts as a platform of exchange of best practice for islands' stakeholders and provides dedicated capacity building and advisory services.
Building on the success of the Initiative's first phase, the EU together with 14 Member States signed a Memorandum of Understanding in June 2020 to ensure a long-term framework for supporting EU islands in their transition efforts.