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October 2021


20 October 2021 @ 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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20 October 2021 @ 11:00 - 12:30

SUSTAINABLE TOURISM How islands can become green destinations and reduce costs, while engaging local communities with new business models. The Maldives’ case study and the Greening the Islands Certification Back to the agenda Abstract How can sustainability and technological solutions help islands to develop a new tourism market focused on green destinations, while reducing their costs on energy, water, waste and mobility? The workshop will update on the activities of the dedicated GTI task force discussing new business approaches for…

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20 October 2021 @ 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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20 October 2021 @ 15:30 - 17:00

ENERGY & WATER RES desalination and water recycling for higher efficiency and reduced costs on islands In cooperation with EDS (European Desalination Society) Back to the agenda Abstract Islands increasingly need wiser and more efficient water management to address water scarcity. Eco-friendly solutions must be put in place to guarantee an adequate high-quality freshwater supply to island inhabitants. Seawater desalination coupled with renewable energy systems can supply freshwater while reducing diesel provision costs, with obvious positive impacts on island societies.…

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20 October 2021 @ 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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21 October 2021 @ 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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21 October 2021 @ 11:00 - 12:30

SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY Boosting Bikenomics on islands: the transformative power of improving cycling conditions for more attractive, more accessible and healthier islands. What local policies? In cooperation with Conebi & Dutch Cycling Embassy Back to the agenda Abstract There is huge potential for improving cycling conditions on islands, to the advantage of both residents and tourists. Analysis of costs and benefits shows that island societies can profit from proper cycling infrastructure in several ways, as they become more sustainable, more social,…

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21 October 2021 @ 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, Small States Institute, University of Malta and University of Strathclyde, Glasgow 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…

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Insuleur general assembly

21 October 2021 @ 15:30 - 17:00

Promoting local insular businesses to participate in the implementation of energy efficiency/renewable energy projects Technology, policy and finance to boost islands’ sustainable growth A virtual workshop organized by the Network of the Insular Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the EU (INSULEUR) in cooperation with the Greek Network of small islands, hosted by the Greening the Islands In cooperation with INSULEUR Back to the agenda Abstract Reflecting upon the strengths and weaknesses of island’s energy transition processes, it has become…

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21 October 2021 @ 17:30 - 19:00

GTI Awards 2021 & Conclusions Back to the agenda Abstract By disseminating knowledge and best practices we accelerate the sustainability and self-sufficiency of islands and remote locations, acting as a catalyst in relations between private and public stakeholders. Islands are laboratories of innovation and indeed can indicate the path to decarbonization to the mainland. The 7th Greening the Islands Awards, with applications from islands’ administrations all around the world related to Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, Sustainable Mobility, Water, Waste,…

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