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30 November 2023

The Journey Begins 30 Renewable Islands for 2030 - Ready, Set, 30!

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The EU islands' call for applications of interest for 30 renewable islands for 2030 has concluded, and the EU islands secretariat is thrilled to announce the selection of 30 islands and island groups from 10 European countries ready to lead the way towards a sustainable future. 

The mission was clear: to identify and provide technical support to 30 islands and island groups over the next three years, propelling them towards complete energy independence through 100% renewable sources by 2030. The success of these exemplary islands will now become a beacon of guidance for others on their paths to comprehensive decarbonisation.

The secretariat is stepping into action, ready to assist EU islands in devising, preparing, and implementing decarbonisation plans for their energy systems. It will extend technical and organisational support, ensuring each island receives comprehensive guidance throughout its journey. 

Intensive assistance will be provided to our 30 pioneering islands and island groups, with active involvement from numerous follower islands.

The journey began with the Call for applications of interest launched by Kadri Simson - European Commissioner for Energy, European Commission on 8 June 2023 (Saaremaa, Estonia), and the secretariat is delighted to have received so many applications from islands eager to make a difference. After careful consideration, the EU islands secretariat has selected the 30 islands and island groups that will lead the way.

List of islands: 

30 for 2030 finalists    

Country Island and island groups
Croatia Cres-Lošinj 
Croatia Pašman
Croatia Korčula 
Denmark Fejø
Denmark Venø 
Estonia Saaremaa & Ruhnu (joined application)
Greece Astypalea
Greece Ikaria
Greece Lesvos
Greece Megisti (Kastellorizo)
Greece Psara
Greece Tilos 
Ireland Aran Islands 
Ireland Arranmore & Tory Island (joined application)
Ireland Cape Clear 
Ireland Bere Island, Sherkin Island & Inishbofin (joined application)
Italy Salina & Lipari (joined application)
Italy Giglio & Giannutri (joined application)
Italy Pantelleria
Italy San Pietro 
Netherlands Ameland
Netherlands Saba, Bonaire & St. Eustatius (joined application)
Portugal Madeira 
Portugal Pico, Faial & São Jorge (joined application)
Spain Mallorca, Menorca & Ibiza (joined application)
Spain La Graciosa 
Spain La Palma
Sweden Gotland 
Sweden Holmön, Vinön, Visingsö & Hven (joined application)
Sweden Öland

Summary of core elements of technical assistance

In this comprehensive call for technical assistance, diverse topics ranging from renewable energy production to storage and grid optimisation are addressed across the above-mentioned islands. The successful call of the "Renewable Islands for 2030" initiative involved the identification of 30 islands and island groups aimed to lead in achieving complete energy independence through 100% renewable sources until 2030. 

Plans will be developed for financing energy efficiency measures, exploring analysing and implementing renewable energy generation projects. This is coinciding with the objectives ot the RePower EU Initiative.

Studies will include the analysis of business models, community involvement in solar power, hydropower, and various energy storage options. Further, the scope extends to wind energy development, electrification of transport, grid flexibility, and self-consumption. 

The technical support will also delve into sustainable marine transport, waste management and valorisation, and district heating optimisation. 

The overarching goal is to drive a holistic transition towards sustainable energy practices, encompassing both technological advancements and community engagement across diverse regions and energy domains.


Read the official press release by the European Commission's DG Energy.