2017 inaugurates the 4th Greening the Islands International Conference – Energy, Water and Mobility for Circular Island Economies – which will take place in Favignana island (Sicily) on 3-4 November.
This year Greening the Islands will be an “online event” thanks to live streaming and the e-tools of GreeningTheIslands.net. From Favignana, key island actors will illustrate their best solutions and engage with a global community of experts to discuss how to make islands even more attractive and environmentally resilient. This novel format will transform the event into a two-day “documentary” on the green economy and demonstrates Greening the Islands’ ability not only to bring together leading experts in Favignana but also to connect its global GreeningTheIslands.net community.
Greening the Islands will this year revolve around an enlarged concept of circular island economies, developing the nexus between energy, water and mobility and embracing also energy, water, waste, mobility, agriculture, tourism, culture and traditions.
The conference is also perfectly aligned with the political declaration recently signed in Malta by the European Commission to launch the new “Clean Energy for EU Islands” initiative, that aimes at accelerating the clean energy transition on Europe’s more than 2700 islands.
To keep pace with innovation, Greening the Islands will give an update on the very latest solutions: leading examples of how to face the most critical issues of the over 500,000 islands in the world, improve the quality of life of islanders and build resilience to climate change and migration.
Once again the community of innovation providers, island administrations, institutions and investors will meet for this unique annual appointment to demonstrate that a brighter future is possible for islands and not only.
The inauguration of the GreeningTheIslands online community also gives an opportunity to relaunch the Greening the Islands Awards. The ceremony for the 3rd edition of the Awards, to be held at a gala dinner on 3rd November, will recognise the best solutions as voted by prestigious jury members as well as community members.
In 2016 Greening the Islands introduced national conferences to better focus on domestic issues. On 3 November participants will attend the Italian Greening the Islands conference that sees the close collaboration of ANCIM (Small Islands Municipalities Italian Association). The Italian session will concentrate on the recently approved decree granting incentives to renewables on islands thanks to the saving achieved with the reduced diesel consumption, that will be the first feed-in-tariff scheme ever applied to islands, and on the result of a workshop of ANCIM, that has involved all key Italian public bodies to introduce simple, specific authorisation procedures for green projects in islands.