29 European islands publish new energy transition agendas

Selected by the Clean Energy for EU Islands Initiative of the European Commission in February 2019, A Illa de Arousa (Spain), the Hvar Archipelago (Croatia), Brač (Croatia), Cape Clear (Ireland), Halki (Greece), Ibiza (Spain), Kasos and Symi (Greece), Korčula (Croatia), Kökar (Finland), Menorca (Spain), Pantelleria (Italy), Ouessant, Molène and Île de Sein (France), and Eigg, Muck, Rum, Canna, Fair Isle, Foula, and the peninsula of Knoydart (Scotland) have each developed decarbonisation pathways tailored to their individual needs and assets over the past nine months. 

Another 7 islands are currently in the final approval process and will publish their transition agendas in the near future, namely the Azores archipelago (Portugal), Mallorca (Spain), Marie-Galante (France), Belle-Île, Hoedic and Houat (France), and Crete (Greece). They will be available on the website when they’re ready.

The publication of the agendas comes as EU decision-makers and representatives of the EU islands community gather at the Clean Energy for EU Islands Online Forum to discuss the future of the EU islands community.

European Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson said: “These transition agendas are a testament to the hard work and fruitful collaborations among islanders, both within their communities and across borders. It has been truly inspiring to see what is possible when local people have the power and support to write their own futures. We look forward to continuing the cooperation with the EU island communities to make the European Green Deal a reality, both through this initiative and through other EU actions to support a locally-driven energy transition.”

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