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October 2021


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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October 2022

Opening session

26 October 2022 @ 9:30 - 11:30

OPENING SESSION Presentation of the 1st GTI Observatory Report: technology, policy and finance for the sustainability of islands. Debate with islands, scientific and financial institutions. Back to the agenda Abstract The GTI eConvention is the global event dedicated to the self-sufficiency and sustainability of islands worldwide. For 8 editions, it has confirmed as an opportunity for islands stakeholders such as governments, utilities, innovative solution providers, academia and others to connect and share their experiences through a digital platform, match island…

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26 October 2022 @ 15:00 - 16:30

SPEEDING UP RENEWABLES IN EUROPEAN & ATLANTIC ISLANDS Back to the agenda Abstract Decarbonization is key to limit the worst effects of climate change, which hits islands harder, but it's not only an environmental matter. It is about financials and security. In most cases, islands have to import diesel to run their power generators, incurring very high costs and exposing to supply risk. Renewables are already much cheaper compared to diesel and they can produce power directly on the island.…

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Asia – Pacific

27 October 2022 @ 8:30 - 9:30

INNOVATIVE FINANCING FOR THE DECARBONIZATION IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION Back to the agenda Abstract South East Asian and Pacific islands face enormous challenges to finance projects that are essential for sustainable development and to reach self-sufficiency. Pollution often reaches dramatic levels, compromising citizens’ health and also the tourism sector, which is the primary source of income for islands. For example, Boracay island, one of the most famous touristic destinations in the Philippines, had to be closed in order to recover from…

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27 October 2022 @ 15:00 - 16:30

WHAT POLICIES CAN UNLOCK FINANCE TO ENHANCE WATER SECURITY IN THE CARIBBEAN? Back to the agenda Abstract Islands increasingly need wiser and more efficient water management to address water scarcity but the methods of supplying water to the islands are of central importance both from an economic and an environmental point of view. The current global energy crisis has exacerbated the costs islands have to bear in order to produce desalinated water with diesel. Sustainable solutions must be put in…

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Indian Ocean

28 October 2022 @ 9:00 - 10:30

Indian Ocean islands as a model for sustainable tourism Back to the agenda Abstract Indian ocean islands often live off tourism only. Many of them have little space available for agriculture and other activities to sustain their economies. Hence to ensure their subsistence, already endangered by climate change, a higher-quality and more responsible tourism is needed. Not only the tourism sector represents the most important source of income for islands, but at the same time it is one of the…

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Closing Session

28 October 2022 @ 11:30 - 12:45

Closing Session Back to the agenda Abstract During the closing session of the eConvention, the corporate members of the GTI Observatory will step in to give their considerations on the event and the Observatory Report. In particular, innovation providers will offer their view on the challenges and technological solutions identified, with a specific focus on what they expect from regulators and policymakers in order to boost their ability to invest and develop green projects for the islands. Their recommendations on…

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