The Clean Energy for EU Islands Secretariat invites and supports island communities who want to develop and implement a vision for their clean energy transition in a way that brings together all relevant actors on the island - including civil society organisations, local authorities, local businesses and schools/universities. This vision will be the starting point for developing a Clean Energy Transition Agenda, which helps the local community devise future actions oriented towards the island's decarbonisation.
1. What are the benefits of signing the Clean Energy for EU Islands Pledge?
By signing the pledge, your island becomes part of an official initiative of the European Commission that supports the clean energy transition on EU islands. Your island will be featured on the initiative's interactive map of EU islands spearheading the clean energy transition, sharing your story with people and decision makers across Europe and beyond.
You will further have access to a network of islanders all across the EU who have embarked on the same journey, and to experts who will be able to provide advice on specific challenges you may be facing in the process, and to make your clean energy projects bankable.
2. What responsibilities come with signing the pledge?
By signing the pledge, you agree to actively support the clean energy transition process of your island by helping develop a shared, island-wide Clean Energy Transition Agenda. This involves the development of a vision as well as pathways for turning this vision into a reality, but also the identification and advancement of clean energy projects and models for financing financial resources.
You further agree to involve a wide group of local stakeholders from your island in this transition, and to offer advice to islanders of the Clean Energy for EU Islands Community according to your resources and capabilities.
3. Why develop a Clean Energy Transition Agenda?
You can find more information about the value of developing a Clean Energy Transition Agenda - and how being a member of the Clean Energy for EU Islands Community can support you in achieving this objective - here.
4. How does this pledge relate to existing initiatives (e.g. Covenant of Mayors, Pact of Islands)?
The Clean Energy for EU Islands Pledge aims to complement existing initiatives. By signing this pledge, you commit to following an approach that actively engages all relevant stakeholders on the island, including citizens, local businesses, schools and universities. This approach will ensure support from your entire community, thus accelerating the transition process and making it more effective and long-lasting.
In practice, this means that if your island has signed the Covenant of Mayors and/or the Pact of Islands, you can sign the Clean Energy for EU Islands Pledge to strengthen the local community engagement aspect of your transition process. Similarly, signing the pledge can help you strengthen your community's active support of the transition, and could encourage your local authority to commit to concrete targets by joining the Covenant of Mayors or Pact of Islands.
5. Who can sign the pledge?
Any of the four key stakeholder groups (local authorities, citizens, local businesses, schools/universities) can sign the pledge. The objective is to ideally have all four stakeholder groups engaged in the course of the transition process. To start the process, a minimum of two organisations can sign the pledge to show their commitment to advance the transition and bring the other stakeholder groups on board.
In order to help the process along, the Secretariat recommends having your local authority as part of the initial signatories where possible.
6. When to sign the pledge?
The signs of climate science all point in the same direction: we have no time to lose, and every person is needed to make the clean energy transition happen in time. So - if you have a minimum of two stakeholder groups engaged - why wait another day?
7. What happens if my island fails to fulfill its pledge?
If your island does not deliver its Clean Energy Transition Agenda within a year of signing the pledge, your Island may be suspended from the initiative – subject to prior notice in writing by the Clean Energy for EU Islands Secretariat.