On 20-21 May 2021, the first forum of Phase II of the Clean energy for EU islands secretariat will present practical steps towards the decarbonisation of EU islands and showcase ongoing and completed clean energy projects on islands.
The Clean energy for EU islands Secretariat is launching a first Call for Support this April, calling EU islands to apply for technical support for their projects.
On March 24 2021 the Research for REGI Committee of the European Parliament published a report on "ISLANDS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION - State of play and future challanges. The study explores the specificities of islands and Outermost Regions of the EU as well as their challenges and existing means of development. This study includes an overview of policy responses for islands' challenges and proposes some recommendations.
The European Islands Facility NESOI, with the objective of facilitating the energy transition on islands, has completed the evaluation of its first call for applications: at least 28 project proposals out of the eligible 74 will receive funding and technical support to develop their islands energy projects.
EU project SOCLIMPACT set up this event as the first summit of many more annual meetings that will be held hereafter to continue combat the impacts of Climate Change on European islands and the rest of the world.
The Member States of The Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) met on the 25th of February to present the New Agenda for the Mediterranean adopted by the European Commission, which emphasised the EU's trust in the UfM's vital role in strengthening regional cooperation and as a privileged forum for dialogue for its 42 Member States.
In the coming years, the UfM will focus on the following areas:
The European Commission launches the second phase of the Clean Energy for EU Islands Secretariat. Over the next two years, the Secretariat will build on the results of Phase I to continue its support to energy transition of islands in the EU. The Secretariat will also match bottom-up initiatives with expert support leading to a pipeline of clean energy projects on the islands.
BRIDGE is a cooperation group of Smart Grid, Energy Storage, Islands and Digitalisation H2020 projects. The annual BRIDGE General Assembly will be held online the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of March 2021. It will be the occasion to present the latest activities by the BRIDGE Working Groups and Task Forces during the last period, as well as discover the new BRIDGE projects and hear about the results and lessons learned from ended projects.
Danish politicians approved a project to build the world's first energy island supplying three million households with energy from the offshore wind power.
With the size of 18 football pitches, the energy island will be historically the biggest construction project in Denmark. The hub for 200 giant offshore wind turbines will be situated 80km out to the North Sea, most probably in the area west of the Jutland coast.