The island dimension in the National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs).
The feed in tariff scheme promoting renewables from diesel saving goes live in the Italian islands.

Palermo this year will host the 6th international conference and the 4th Greening the Islands national conference, organized in collaboration with CPMR (Conference Peripheral Maritime Regions) Islands Commission, on October 15th.

International Conference

At the opening of the international event the first report of the Greening the Islands Observatory will be presented, which includes a general analysis on the European islands on circular economy and sustainable tourism and a deep dive on Crete, the Italian Egadi archipelago and the German island of Helgoland. A debate will follow on the results of the study and on opportunities for public and private financing with particular reference to the projects and initiatives that will have been identified on the mentioned islands.

The second part will involve the European institutions and industrial associations on the subject of National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) and the role of the islands. The event in Palermo will be an important step in the roadmap of the multilateral islands dialogue table with the European institutions launched by the CPMR Islands Commission and Greening the Islands with an event held in Brussels on June 18th with the support of the Committee of the Regions, where a joint declaration has been presented containing some of the key points that the table asks to be included in the NECPs.

This year, Greening the Islands international conference is organized in the framework of the General Assembly of the CPMR that will see the participation of over one hundred regional and island governments and will be followed, on October 16th, by a CPMR seminar on the circular economy. Greening the Islands will take part in the CPMR seminar to which all participants in the GTI conference on October 15th will be invited.

National conference

The 6th edition of Greening the Islands International Conference will be preceded by the National Conference, 4th edition, that will review all the incentive tools and tenders made available by the Government and now operational, starting with the Minor Islands Decree (feed in tariff for renewables for non-interconnected islands) and calls for innovative pilot projects of the Ministry of Economic Development, and funds from the Ministry of the Environment for energy efficiency and mobility projects. A debate will follow on their functioning, possible business models and investment opportunities for citizens, businesses and private funds and their impact on tourism and the economy of islands.

Greening the Islands Awards

The 5th edition of the greening the Islands Awards, chaired by an international jury, will reward the best innovative projects of islands on circular economy and sustainable tourism.

15th October 2019 - Draft programme

National conference

Registration & welcome coffee
Welcome message
  • Alberto Pierobon – Regional councilor for energy & public utility services, Sicily
  • Leoluca Orlando – Municipality of Palermo
  • University of Palermo
  • Gianni Chianetta – Director, Greening the Islands
  • Giannina Usai – General Secretary, ANCIM (Small Islands Municipalities Italian Association)
  • Giuseppe Sciacca – Executive Secretary CPMR (Conference Peripheral Maritime Regions) Islands Commission
EU directives, National Integrated Plan Climate & Energy, Decree smaller islands, Innovation call, Ministry of Environment calls and other funding opportunities

Moderation: Elena Comelli – Corriere Economia

Keynote speaker:

Francesco Maria Graziani – Policy Officer at European Commission

Davide Crippa – State Secretary, Ministry of Economic Development

Representative Ministry of Environment

  • ARERA – (Italian Authority for energy and environment)
  • Davide Valenzano –  Head of Regulatory Affairs, GSE (State Company for Energy Services)
  • Stefano Piras – Director Energy Services and Green Economy, Region of Sardinia
  • Domenico Santacolomba – Responsible Energy Planning and Programming – Regional council for energy & public utility services, Sicily
  • Giuseppe Pagoto – Mayor of Favignana (Member GTI Observatory)
  • Industry representatives
Coffee Break
Panel: Business models & investment opportunities for the circular economy and sustainable tourism in the islands

Moderation: Antonio Giordano – MF

Best practice by Industry representatives

Paul Meissner – CEO, Energy Everywhere, Inc.

  • Banks & Investors and other industry representatives
  • Alessandro Bianco – Chairman UNIEM (National Union of Minor Electricity Companies)
  • Paolo Viscontini – Chairman Italia Solare
  • Simone Togni – Chairman ANEV (National Association of Wind Energy)
  • Agostino Re Rebaudengo – Vice President Elettricità Futura
  • Ermando Mennella – Chairman Federalberghi Isole Minori
  • Giorgio Domenico Maria Micale – Member of European Desalination Society/Professor Department of Chemical and Materials Process Engineering, University of Palermo
  • Representative of ANCIM (Small Islands Municipalities Italian Association)
  • Representative of ANIE
Wrap up and conclusions
Light lunch

International conference

Welcome message
  • Representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Gaetano Armao – Vice-President Sicily Region – Member of the Committee of Regions (President of Intergroup on insularity)
Introduction and presentation of the first Greening the Islands Observatory report (European Islands’ Sustainability Overview, best Practises – focus on Crete, Egadi Archipelago and Helgoland)
  • Gianni Chianetta – Director, Greening the Islands
  • Representative of CPMR (Conference Peripheral Maritime Regions)
Round Table on the GTI Observatory report outcomes for the islands development
  • Representatives of the Island Governments
  • Representatives of EU funding programs (H2020, Life, DG Regio, DG Energy, etc…)
  • Banks, Investment Funds & Other Financial Institutions
  • Joseph Borg – Chairman Insuleur (Network of the Insular Chambers of Commerce & Industry of the European Union)
  • Giovanni Ruggieri – Chairman OTIE (Observatory on Tourism for Islands Economy)
  • Antonis Mavropoulos – Chairman ISWA (International Solid Waste Association)
  • Miriam Balaban  – Secretary General, European Desalination Society
  • Espen Hauge – President of AVERE (European Association of Electromobility)
  • Georgios Kolytas – Vice President Corfu Chambers of Commerce
  • Representative UNWTO (World Tourism Organization)
  • Industry representatives
Coffee Break
Round table with EU Institutions on island dimensions of National Energy & Climate Plans (NECPs)

Moderation: Journalist

Keynote speeches:

François Alfonsi – Member of ITRE Committee – European Parliament

Directorate A1 DG Energy – European Commission

  • Andrew Cooper – Member of the Committee of the Regions (rapporteur NEPCs)
  • Stefano Mallia – Member of the European Economic and Social Committee
  • Member States representatives (Italy, Malta, Greece)
  • Aurélie Beauvais – Policy Director, Solarpower Europe
  • Ivan Pineda – Director of Public Affairs, WindEurope
  • Remi Collombet – Policy Officer, Ocean Energy Europe
  • Brittney Elzarei – Senior Policy officer, EASE (European Association for Storage of Energy)
  • Industry representatives
Wrap up and conclusions
Cocktail dinner & Greening the Island Awards (V edition)

Logistics & locations

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Conference Venue
Piazza Marina – 90133 Palermo (Italia)

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Conference registration fee:

110€ + 22% VAT

Cocktail dinner fee:

50€ + 22% VAT

Conference registration & Cocktail dinner fee:

160€ + 22% VAT

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Sponsoring Greening the Islands event gives you the great chance to be connected with governments, institutions, public administrations, investors, companies expert in this sector, industrial associations, universities and research centres operating on the islands, committed to implement projects focused on the promotion of the insular circular economy.