New European Commission's Prize for Renewable Energy Islands

The European Commission is launching the Prize for renewable energy islands. This prize will reward achievements in local renewable energy production for electricity, heating, cooling and transport on islands.

The prize name refers to the combination of renewables (RES) and responsibility.

Prize for renewable energy islands

Islands often have high local energy costs, but can benefit from the transition to renewable energy sources in many ways.

These include, among others, creating local jobs and opportunities for sustainable tourism.

There are more than 2000 inhabited islands in the EU. They are ideal test labs to develop innovative energy technologies and can serve as energy transition models for small communities in general.

The prize will be awarded based on

  • the share of renewable energy produced by innovative energy technologies
  • environmental and socioeconomic sustainability and impact
  • citizen and community involvement
  • replicability of the solution

The prize should inspire other islands and off-grid communities to show how small local communities can make the transition to sustainable energy systems.