MAKING THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY AND SUSTAINABLE TOURISM A REALITY ON ISLANDS:
BUSINESS MODELS AND FINANCING OPPORTUNITIES

FIRST REPORT OF GREENING THE ISLANDS OBSERVATORY
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. To visit the event’s website click here. 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

Conference Venue

PALAZZO CHIARAMONTE – STERI
Sala delle Capriate
Piazza Marina – 90133 Palermo (Italia)

National conference

08.15
Registration & welcome coffee
09.00
Welcome message
  • Alberto Pierobon – Regional councilor for energy & public utility services, Sicily
  • Leoluca Orlando – Municipality of Palermo
  • Fabrizio Micari – Rector , University of Palermo
09.20
Introduction
  • 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
10.00
Italian Feed-in Tariff for not-interconnected islands, Innovation call, Ministry of Environment calls and other funding opportunities

Moderation: Elena Comelli – Corriere Economia

Keynote speakers:

Andrea Galliani – Deputy Director of Wholesale Markets and Environmental Sustainability, ARERA (Italian Authority for energy and environment)

Davide Valenzano –  Head of Regulatory Affairs, GSE (State Company for Energy Services)

Highlights from the Greening the Islands Observatory Report

  • 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
  • Giorgio Domenico Maria Micale – Professor Department of Chemical and Materials Process Engineering, University of Palermo
  • Gianni Silvestrini – Scientific Director, Kyoto Club
  • Sergio Alessandro – Dirigente Generale dei Beni culturali e dell’Identità siciliana, Regione Siciliana
  • Giuseppe Pagoto – Mayor of Favignana (Member GTI Observatory)
  • AXPO
11.20
Coffee Break
11.35
Panel: Business models & investment opportunities for the circular economy and sustainable tourism in the islands

Moderation: Nino Amadore – Sole 24 Ore

Best practice from the industry
Paul Meissner – CEO, Energy Everywhere

  • 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
  • Christian Del Bono – Chairman Federalberghi Minor Islands of Sicily/Eolian Islands
  • Representative of ANCIM (Small Islands Municipalities Italian Association)
  • Maurizio Calaciura, VicePresidente ANCRA
  • Vincenzo Reina, VicePresidente Camera di Commercio Palermo Enna
12.45
Debate
12.55
Wrap up and conclusions
13.00
Light lunch

International conference

14.00
Welcome message
  • Gaetano Armao – Vice-President Sicily Region – Member of the Committee of Regions (President of Intergroup on insularity)
14.10
Introduction and presentation of the first Greening the Islands Observatory report (European Islands’ Sustainability Overview, best Practises – focus on Crete, Egadi Archipelago and Helgoland)
  • Davide Strangis – Partnerships & Geographical Commissions, CPMR (Conference Peripheral Maritime Regions)
  • Gianni Chianetta/ Carlo Drago/ Francesco Pezone/ Emilio Gabbrielli
Round Table on the GTI Observatory report outcomes for the islands development
  • Jorge Singer – Mayor of Helgoland
  • George Kremlis – Honorary Director – Directorate General for the Environment, European Commission – Active Senior responsible for circular economy in the islands
  • Helmut Morsi – Adviser to the Director and Coordinator for Innovation, European Commission, DG MOVE-B
  • Representative of European Investment Bank
  • 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)
  • Georgios Kolytas – Vice President Corfu Chambers of Commerce
  • John Whybrow – Smart Islands Programme Lead, Hitachi Europe ltd.
16.00
Coffee Break
16.15
Round table with EU Institutions on island dimensions of National Energy & Climate Plans (NECPs)

Moderation: Elena Comelli Corriere Economia

Keynote speeches:

François Alfonsi – Member of ITRE Committee – European Parliament

Guido Bortoni – Senior Adviser in DG-Energy (DDG1) in charge of Internal Energy Market Regulation, European Commission

Salvatore Vinci – Deputy Director, Country Support & Partnerships Division (CSP), Irena (The International Renewable Energy Agency)

Best Practice from the Industry
Renata Mele, Head of Strategy – Global e-City, ENEL X

  • Justyne Caruana – Minister for Gozo
  • John Walsh – Vice Chair ESIN (The European Small Islands Federation)
  • 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
17.30
Wrap up and conclusions
19.45
Cocktail dinner & Greening the Island Awards (V edition)
Members of the jury
  • François Alfonsi – Member of ITRE Committee – European Parliament
  • George Kremlis – Honorary Director – Directorate General for the Environment, European Commission – Active Senior responsible for circular economy in the islands
  • Helmut Morsi – Adviser to the Director and Coordinator for Innovation, European Commission, DG MOVE-B
  • Giovanni Ruggieri – Chairman OTIE (Observatory on Tourism for Islands Economy)
  • Giuseppe Sciacca – Executive Secretary CPMR (Conference Peripheral Maritime Regions) Islands Commission
  • Konstantina Toli – Senior Programme Officer, GlobalWater Partnership – Mediterranean (GWP)
  • Salvatore Vinci – Deputy Director, Country Support & Partnerships Division (CSP), Irena (The International Renewable Energy Agency)

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Logistics & locations

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Conference Venue
PALAZZO CHIARAMONTE – STERI
Sala delle Capriate
Piazza Marina – 90133 Palermo (Italia)