Greening the Islands Academy

The Greening the Islands 3 Days MiniMaster will reply to the following questions:

  • What does it mean transitioning an island towards a green economy?

  • How can be approached?

  • Which are the major challenges to overcome?

  • Which is the best path towards implementation?

  • What are the benefits for the islands?

  • What does it mean to become a green destination?

Greening islands is about more than just deploying specific sectorial technologies; success depends on achieving cultural change and making progress on a set of interconnected, interdependent actions.

The Greening the Islands Academy mini-master will support local governments, utilities, companies and other key island stakeholders in grasping the complexity

and interdependency of any action aimed at implementing national and international directives related to the green transition of islands.

The course will explain the benefits for islands, local populations and entrepreneurs, and how an island can be repositioned as a green destination attracting “better quality” tourists.

Three-day mini-master is ideally suited to leaders of island governments and institutions, including senior technical staff, as well as utilities and company managers.

Day 1


  • A holistic view of the transition to a circular economy: factors making it a must for any island
  • How to reposition an island as a green destination: opportunities of an eco-tourism economy
  • A Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan for an island municipality (PAESC) – the EU model
  • Sustainable islands in a legislative, regulatory and authorization context – best practices
  • Awareness and communication among island stakeholders: the key role of the community

Day 2


  • Key options for an island: from renewable energy to energy efficiency and the grid challenge – best practices


  • Efficiency in the water cycle and the water-energy-agriculture nexus – best practices

Day 3


  • Connecting islands and enabling internal discovery while respecting the environment – best practices


  • The waste cycle. Synergies with energy and water – best practices

What next?

  • From theory to deployment: the action plan

Closings remarks

  • Wrap-up and comments