From 20-22 November, more than 140 representatives from EU island communities and other island stakeholders gathered in Split and Hvar, Croatia, to exchange experiences on the clean energy transition, discuss transition models and learn about clean energy technologies for islands.
The Forum kicked off with a high-level event in Split, where Director General for Energy Ditte Juul-Jørgensen, Croatia's Minister for Environment and Energy Tomislav Ćorić, and Croatian State Secretary for Energy Ivo Milatić all emphasized the importance of islands and local communities for Europe's energy transition, and expressed their commitment to continuing the support for islands in the long term.
Minister for Energy and Water management of Malta Joe Mizzi highlighted the innovation potential on islands, and Deputy Head of Government of the Åland islands Camilla Gunell emphasized the importance of learning from each other to advance the transition. MEP and Chair of the SEARICA Intergroup in the European Parliament Tonino Picula announced new funding dedicated to EU islands, which was recently approved by the Parliament.
Several high-level panels followed, highlighting the need for financing as well as good policies at all governance levels, technological solutions available, as well as the unprecedented support from the European Commission and the public.
Six islands launch their Clean Energy Transition Agendas
The six pilot islands of the Clean Energy for EU Islands Secretariat launched their transition agendas during the Croatia Forum.
The islands’ transition agendas were co-authored by the island transition teams and the Clean Energy for EU Islands Secretariat. Armed with these agendas, these six islands will in the coming months hone in on project development and strengthening their engagement strategies for the local community. A number of other EU islands are currently in the process of developing clean energy transition agendas and will publish them in the coming year.
Participants had the opportunity to discuss the transition process with the Secretariat's pilot islands during the forum. Find out more about the agendas below:
The second day of the Forum saw interactive sessions with a focus on the support that different Supporting Organisations can provide to the islands throughout the various phases of their energy transition, as well as on the Self-Assessment Matrix which the islands may use to monitor their progress in it. The round tables particularly focused on topics such as decarbonisation commitments, developing vision, energy transition pathways, financing concepts, as well as multi-level governance and community engagement.
The Forum further featured a technology fair, where a number of technology providers - including ABO Wind AG, Sabella, Flexen, Planair SA, Voltalia, EUNICE Energy Group and Hydrogen de France - presented their clean energy solutions for islands.
Presentations & Videos
Videos of the webstreamed sessions will be available shortly.
Video: Joe Mizzi
Video: Josh Roberts
More pictures coming shortly.