The Clean Energy for EU Islands has released a handbook setting out how island communities can facilitate a shift to clean energy.
Published on 7 November, the Island Transition Handbook outlined how islands have specific opportunities “very well suited” for modern energy planning. These include the potential for energy efficiency, renewables and innovative solutions, along with the creation of a strong community-driven transition process. It advocated the creation of an Island Clean Energy Transition Agenda. Noted as being strategic, the agenda would ensure there is a shared vision for the transition along with an overview of the different transition pathways for the island.
The agenda would be overseen by a Transition Team, responsible for facilitating and coordinating the shift. Co-creating the vision with relevant island stakeholders was stated as only being to the benefit of the shift to clean energy, with it also calling for there to be mid-term goals to create urgency.
However, while the Transition Agenda is important, the handbook stressed it was just the first step towards complete decarbonisation. It explained that the vision and transition pathways would have to be operationalised into a concrete project pipeline. A full decarbonisation plan would also be able to be written based on the agenda, defining the concrete actions, responsibilities and timing to achieve an island’s long-term energy consumption and emissions reduction aims.