18 | 09 | 2018


International Conference

Island of Minorca (Spain)
5th International Conference – Europe
May, 17th & 18th 2018

Consell Insular de Menorca – Government Conference Room

On behalf of Spain’s Balearic Islands, Minorca will host the 5th edition of Greening the Islands International Conference (Europe) on 17-18 May 2018. The annual gathering will be held be in association with the Government of the Balearics, the Government of Minorca, the Biosphere Reserve Institution of Minorca and the Spanish Solar Photovoltaic Industry Association (UNEF). Read more

May, 17th

13.00 | Welcome Lunch

Opening Session

14.00 | Introduction & Moderation

14.10 | Welcome Message

  • Susana I. Mora Humbert – President, Consell Insular de Menorca
  • Joan Groizard – Director of Energy and Climate Change, Regional Government of the Balearic Islands
  • Ma Lorena Prado Orcoyen – Technical Adviser, Spanish Climate Change Office, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment – Government of Spain
  • Josè Donoso – General Manager Unión Española Fotovoltaica (UNEF)/Co-Chairman Global Solar Council

14.40 | Panel
How can the circular economy of islands grow in harmony with the biosphere? How should residents and tourists be actively involved in the process towards sustainable islands?

Moderation: Eric J. Lyman – USA Today

Setting the scene
Biosphere Reserves territories facing the challenge of sustainability
Irene EstaúnDirector Consell Insular de Menorca

15.30 | Debate (question time via streaming)

Session on Energy

Current and future challenges of the energy transition in the EU islands. The Clean Energy for EU Islands Initiative. Decarbonisation plans, EU finance programs and the role of private investments.

15.40 | Introduction & Moderation

Reyad Fezzani – Chairman & Head of Strategy Committee for Energy, The Green Consulting Group

15.45 | Status overview and prospects

Greening the Islands: the energy sector as a priority

16.00 | Best practices and challenges

The Italian Feed in Tariff for Revewables for the non interconnected islands

WinWind – Winning social acceptance for wind energy in wind energy scarce regions

16.30 | Coffee Break

16.50 | Panel
Moderation: Elena Comelli – Corriere Economia

17.30 | Toward Asia-Pafic islands region

17.50 | Debate (question time via streaming)

18.45 – 20.15 | Greening the Islands Observatory
1st Scientific Islands Committee Meeting – Parallel Sessions: Energy, Water & Mobility (reserved for members).
Barceló Hamilton Menorca Hotel

21.00 | Cocktail Dinner with traditional music

Greening the Islands Awards 2018: Winners and Nominees

Votes also from GreeningTheIslands.net on-line community

The Jury

  • George Kremlis – Honorary Director – Directorate General for the Environment, European Commission – Active Senior responsible for circular economy in the islands
  • Michela Miletto – Deputy Coordinator United Nations World Water Assessment Programme (UNESCO)
  • Helmut Morsi – Adviser to the Director and Coordinator for Innovation, European Commission, DG MOVE-B
  • Emanuele Taibi – Islands Energy Transition Analyst, The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
  • Konstantina Toli – Senior Programme Officer, Global Water Partnership – Mediterranean (GWP)
  • Philippe Vangeel – Secretary General, The European Association for Electromobility (AVERE)


May, 18th

07.30 – 09.00 | Greening the Islands Observatory
1st Scientific Islands Committee Meeting (breakfast) – Plenary Session: all sectors (reserved for members).
Barceló Hamilton Menorca Hotel

Session on Water

Desalination of marine and brackish waters: innovation related to renewable sources. Solar-desalination solutions: political and economic challenges and potential market.

09.10 | Welcome coffee

09.40 | Introduction & Moderation

Emilio Gabbrielli – Head of Strategy Committee for Water, The Green Consulting Group

09.45 | Status overview and prospects

Water and circular economy

10.00 | Institutional Presentations

The 2018 edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report: Nature- based Solutions for Water

Water Challenges and Solutions in the Islands

10.30 | Best practices and challenges

Non-Conventional Water Resources Powered by Renewable Energy as Solutions to Climate Change

Development of a water management framework for Mediterranean Islands – the LIFE 16 IPE/MT/008 Project

11.00 | Panel
Moderation: Konstantina Toli – Senior Programme Officer, Global Water Partnership – Mediterranean (GWP)

11.40 | Debate (question time via streaming)

Session on Green Vehicles

The islands challenges and opportunities. Electric mobility at sea: state of the art and technological problems. Best practices.

11.50 | Introduction & Moderation
Joeri de Ridder – Head of Strategy Committee for e.Mobility, The Green Consulting Group

11.55 | Status overview and prospects

TEN-T & CEF Innovation: Opportunities for Islands

12.10 | Best practices and challenges

The future of electro-mobility for Europe

Change Maker in High-Sea-Island Transportation

12.40 | Panel
Moderation: Luis Hill – CEO, Thinking Cities and Thinking Highways

13.20 | Debate (question time via streaming)
13.30 | Light Lunch

Session on EU Circular Economy Package, thinking on sustainable tourism

The sustainable development of islands needs to take into account, not only Energy, Water and Mobility, but also efficient waste management, integrated and qualified management of local agriculture and promotion of green/responsible-tourism, addressing an increasing number of eco-friendly tourists/visitors. How to find the best inter-sectorial synergies and to set up a new concept of a wide island circular economy model?

14.25 | Introduction & Moderation

Carlo Drago – Digital Transformation Partner, The Green Consulting Group

14.30 | Status overview and prospects

Circular Economy and Insularity

14.45 | Is sustainable tourism a driver for a new the island circular economy that also passes through waste and agriculture? – Best practices from Balearics

Experiences from the Balearic islands

New residue management strategy for the island of Menorca

  • Catalina Pascual Mercadal – Consell Insular de Menorca – Waste

Recognition of environmental services generated by farmers to the rest of society and the need to strengthen alliances between sectors in Menorca Biosphere Reserve

  • Miquel Truyol – Director of Agriculture and Marine Affairs, Consell Insular de Menorca

The point of view of tourism key stakeholders and experts

Circular economy in the context of tourism: sustainable tourism management tools and experiences

Blu Islands – Seasonal Variation of Waste as an Affect of Tourism

Eco – Certification

16.00 | Panel

International and European policies towards a wide island circular economy model
Moderation: Catalina Arévalo – Environment correspondent, Agencia EFE

Setting the scene
Circularity as key value for tourism
Giannina Usai – General Secretary ANCIM (Small Islands Municipalities Italian Association)

  • Pierre Jean Coulon – President, European Economic and Social Committee Section in charge of Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society (TEN)
  • Konstantina Toli – Senior Programme Officer, Global Water Partnership – Mediterranean (GWP)
  • Moira Pisani – Director Policy Development and Programme Implementation, Ministry for Tourism, Malta

16.40 | Debate and Conclusions
17.00 | Closing drink and Group Photo

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