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Clean energy for EU islands

An initiative that provides a long-term framework to help EU islands generate their own sustainable, low-cost energy.

There are more than 2,200 inhabited islands in the EU. Despite having access to renewable sources of energy, such as wind and wave energy, many of them depend on expensive fossil fuel imports for their energy supply.

Clean energy for EU islands initiative

As part of the 'Clean energy for all Europeans' package, the Clean energy for EU islands initiative, launched in 2017, provides a long-term framework to help islands generate their own sustainable, low-cost energy. This will result in:

  • reduced energy costs and greatly increased production of renewable energy
  • construction of energy storage facilities and demand response systems, using the latest technologies
  • better energy security for islands, which will be less reliant on imports
  • improved air quality, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and less impact on islands' natural environments
  • the creation of new jobs and business opportunities, boosting islands' economic self-sufficiency

The initiative builds on a political declaration signed by the European Commission and 14 EU countries with large island populations (Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden). As a follow-up, the parties also signed a Memorandum of Understanding in June 2020 to establish a long-term framework for cooperation to advance the energy transition and identify best practices on challenges that cannot be addressed at the island level.

Clean energy for EU islands secretariat

In 2018, the European Commission, in cooperation with the European Parliament, set up the Clean energy for EU islands secretariat to deliver the objectives of the Clean energy for EU islands initiative.

The secretariat acts as a platform to exchange best practices, provides dedicated capacity building and advisory services to islands and advises the Commission on policy and regulatory issues for clean energy transition on islands. Furthermore, it supports the implementation of the cooperation structure of the Memorandum of Split, which ensures the establishment of a long-term structure for supporting EU islands in their energy transition.

The objectives of the Clean energy for EU islands initiative are:

  • to support islands in their transition agendas
  • to promote the participation, engagement and empowerment of citizens
  • to facilitate the creation of renewable energy communities
  • to promote projects and exchange best practices

The second phase of the Clean energy for EU islands secretariat was launched at the beginning of 2021 and runs for 2 years. It builds on the results of the pilot phase (2018-2020) to support and create profitable clean energy projects on European islands. It aims to empower island communities to move from clean energy vision to action, and to match citizen-driven initiatives with expert support that has a real impact on projects that are happening on the ground.

The EU islands secretariat will support Europe’s island communities by providing:

  • Direct support for the development of island clean energy transition agendas
  • Guidance on the development of island clean energy transition agendas
  • Access to support documentation for developing clean energy transition agendas and for the financing of decarbonisation plans
  • Support the identification of individual projects (QuickScans)
  • Assistance with project preparation (technical & financial due diligence)
  • Access to networking events such as Clean Island Forums and Technical Fairs
  • Capacity-building workshops & webinars
  • Access to an online collaborative platform and peer-to-peer support
  • Helpdesk support

The key topics covered by the Clean energy for EU islands secretariat are:

  • Energy production
  • Energy efficiency
  • Heating and cooling
  • Transport to and from the island
  • Transport on the island

The Clean energy for EU islands secretariat can be contacted at info@euislands.eu.

Who we are

The Clean energy for EU islands secretariat is an initiative on behalf of the European Commission aimed at catalysing the clean energy transition on EU Islands.

The secretariat is managed by Th!nk E, 3E, Steinbeis 2i, DNV, and RdA. It collaborates with a wide range of local stakeholders, authorities, academia, and citizens. Our work will be carried out in close collaboration with local, regional, national, and international partners, with particular support through a network of 8 regional partners.