In the recent Clean Energy for All Europeans Package islands found a special place as territories that may “provide platforms for pilot initiatives on clean energy transition and can serve as showcases at international level”. Covenant of Mayors (CoM) and Pact of Islands (PoI) have been instrumental in setting the ground for island local and regional authorities to design their own path towards energy transition and climate adaptation and commit to reaching their targets. The Commission launched the Clean Energy for EU Islands Initiative in 2017 to support island decarbonization and set up the European Islands Facility to offer financial aid for island clean energy projects.
In this webinar, we will discuss how Greek PoI and CoM island signatories can be supported to implement their iSEAPs/SEAPs/SECAPs, how adhesion to PoI is streamlined with CoM and how signatories can align their plans in view of the 2030 targets for climate adaptation. Then, the official support by the European Commission, namely the Clean Energy for EU Islands Secretariat and the European Islands Facility (NESOI H2020 project) will be presented. Finally, we will present successful climate and energy solutions and methodologies amongst the islands community such as the Greek island projects TILOS and Naeras, the climate adaptation planning of the Strovolos Municipality in Cyprus and the clean energy transition of the Samsoe, Orkney and Madeira Municipality in the frame of the H2020 SMILE project.