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October 2021


October 19 @ 9:00 - 10:30

OPENING SESSION Technology, policy and finance to boost islands’ sustainable growth EU, Caribbean, Pacific & Indian Ocean islands together to lead a change of pace with concrete cases for the GTI Awards. Back to the agenda Abstract The Greening the Islands e_Convention - International Conference and Exhibition, reaches its 8th edition. The well-known annual event entirely dedicated to islands’ self-sufficiency and sustainability will take place on October 19-20-21 and focus on how global policy and finance need to sit at…

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October 19 @ 13:30 - 15:00

ENERGY & WATER Floating offshore wind in the Mediterranean Sea. What policies are needed to kick start this industry? In cooperation with WIND EUROPE Back to the agenda Abstract The GTI Task Force has explored floating offshore wind power as a solution for islands, often dealing with lack of space for power generation on land. This fast-maturing technology could have a leading role in the clean energy transition process of islands as it can be tailored to the specific environmental…

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October 19 @ 15:30 - 17:00

GREEN HYDROGEN Green hydrogen: an opportunity for islands’ decarbonisation Back to the agenda Abstract Due to their isolation and lack of infrastructure, islands often suffer from high energy dependency. In this context, green hydrogen offers a compelling solution to harness the full power of locally produced renewable energy and increase self-sufficiency through energy storage. Several projects are already paving the way for islands to use green hydrogen and accelerate their decarbonisation. For example, In Orkney Islands, Scotland, BIG HIT has…

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October 20 @ 9:00 - 10:30

WASTE AND CIRCULAR ECONOMY The importance of Circular Economy in islands to ensure environmental and economic sustainability: strategies for the management of organics and plastics. In cooperation with Zero Waste Europe In cooperation with Zero Waste europe Back to the agenda Abstract The global agenda on Circular Economy is posing new challenges, yet disclosing new opportunities for islands: as a matter of fact, better on-site management of resources and reduction of waste may reduce the need for shipments of waste, thereby…

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October 20 @ 13:30 - 15:00

AGRICULTURE Sustainable Agriculture in Small Islands.  Innovation and cooperation towards a new model of sustainable agriculture for islands In cooperation with INSULEUR and Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias Back to the agenda Abstract Creating sustainable agriculture models is fundamental for small islands’ self-sufficiency, economy, and transmission of their natural heritage. In fact, islands face increasing needs to achieve food security/sovereignty, restore of a fair share of agriculture in their GDP, minimize the consumption of water, commercialize their high-quality, “made in the…

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October 20 @ 17:30 - 18:30

Geothermal energy for islands: resilient infrastructure, independence, and empowered communities. In cooperation with International Geothermal Association (IGA) Back to the agenda Abstract The session will explore for current state of affairs on geothermal energy for islands. After a scene setting presentation, two distinguished speakers are invited to present their views and perspectives of their region (Caribbean and Pacific) and bring forward ideas around how to capitalise on the enormous potential geothermal energy can bring to economic development and sustainability for…

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October 21 @ 9:00 - 10:30

Maritime Ports on Islands – Policy & Green Solutions Back to the agenda Abstract Low-emission transport solutions for islands are a key element for their greening. We have already 2400 inhabited in the EU and many more world-wide. Most vessels, (local) boats, buses, cars, in fact all modes of transport have to be de-carbonised and pollution in general has to stop. There is a lot to do. In this session we will focus on 2 elements in the territorial context…

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October 21 @ 13:30 - 15:00

AIR QUALITY Are we breathing clean air on our islands? The role of actionable air quality data, emission reduction technologies and indoor purification solutions in supporting policy-making, spreading environmental awareness and promoting clean air In cooperation with Islands and Small States Institute/ University of Malta Back to the agenda Abstract Air quality is the leading global environmental risk factor for disease. Therefore, it is essential for governments and institutions to set policies to ensure healthy air for their citizens. In order…

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