The upcoming MEDENER international conference to be held in Rhodes, Greece, on September 26 will hear expert perspectives from Greening the Islands as it explores the latest solutions for energy efficiency, renewable energy production, energy storage facilities, demand response systems, low carbon transport as well as sustainable water and waste treatment in the southern and eastern Mediterranean region.
The Conference is organized in the framework of the project “Mitigation Enabling Energy Transition in the Mediterranean Region” (meetMED), funded by the European Commission and jointly implemented by MEDENER and the Regional Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE).The event will also be an opportunity to explore the role of circular economy investments boosting economic self-sufficiency and inclusive growth in isolated territories and in the Mediterranean region.
The event will feature a speech by Carlo Drago, coordinator of the Greening the Islands Observatory, as part of a session on innovation for sustainable energy. Together with other keynote speakers, he will talk about innovative solutions for energy transition including energy production and storage, mini- and off-grids, energy efficient buildings and industries, digitalisation and demand side management, low-carbon transportation and integrated water and waste systems.
The conference organisers explain that energy systems in Southern and Eastern Mediterranean countries and in their remote areas share common constraints with energy systems in islands: fossil fuel dependency, insufficient transportation networks, inefficient water and waste management. As they face the challenge of the energy transition and look to benefit from technological innovation, they will be asking if achieving energy independence in insular energy systems can be a showcase for clean energy transition in all Mediterranean countries.