The GTI Observatory, which held its first operational meeting during the recent Greening the Islands international Conference (Menorca, 17-18 May 2018), has announced its action plan for the first year of activity, providing concrete support for islands by creating the context for implementing best practices in the energy, water and mobility sectors.
The “circular economy” concept will be central to the work of the Observatory through its work to:
- Benchmark policies, regulation, permitting procedures, etc.
- Analyse for each island the current situation in one of the reference sectors (energy, water or mobility) and identify possible innovative sustainable projects
- Identify possible incentives and financing opportunities that would allow those projects to become reality.
The Action Plan
The Observatory has started member registrations in July and at the same time will select target islands to include in its first-year report (islands committed to sustainability – 3-6 from Europe, 1 from Asia-Pacific, 1 from Carribean) by September. For each island, the Observatory will create a Scientific Island Committee (SIC) bringing together key stakeholders (government, utilities, corporate innovation providers, etc.) to co-operate onthe Observatory’s targets, while stimulating partnerships and coalitions for public tenders (EU funds, World Bank financing, etc.).
The first meeting of all SICs will be held on November 26th2018 in Rome, in occasion of a seminar of the Greening the Islands Academy and the 3rd edition of the Greening the Islands – Italian Conference, to discuss the Policy – Permitting – Financing Opportunities draft reports, while the final report will bepresentedduring the GTI annual event (Aland Islands in May 2019).