CORPORATE BENFITS

SYNOPTIC SCHEDULE

CEST HOUR

Tuesday - 19th Oct

Wednesday - 20th Oct

Thursday - 21th Oct

8:30 - 9:00 AM

Networking & Expo

Networking & Expo

Networking & Expo

9:00 - 10:30 AM

Opening
Technology, policy and finance to boost islands’ sustainable growth.

GTI Academy
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


GTI Academy
Maritime Ports on Islands – Policy
& Green Solutions

10:30 - 11:00 AM


Networking & Expo

Networking & Expo

Networking & Expo

11:00 - 12:30 PM

Hybrid energy storage systems as a growing solution for islands’ decarbonization

In cooperation with EASE and EUROBAT

How island resorts 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

In cooperation with MITDC and Green Destinations Foundation

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
and Dutch Cycling Embassy

12:30 - 13:30 PM

Networking & Expo

Networking & Expo

Networking & Expo

1:30 - 3:00 PM

Floating offshore wind in the Mediterranean Sea. What policies are needed to kick start this industry?

In cooperation with Wind Europe

Innovation and cooperation towards a new model of sustainable agriculture for islands

In cooperation with Insuleur and Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias

GTI Academy
Are we breathing clean air on our islands?


In cooperation with Islands and Small States Institute, University of Malta

3:00 - 3:30 PM

Networking & Expo

Networking & Expo

Networking & Expo

3:30 - 5:00 PM

GTI Academy
Green hydrogen: an opportunity for islands’ decarbonisation
In cooperation with Fedarene
& World Hydrogen Leaders


RES, water recycling & desalination

hybrid systems

INSULEUR General Assembly

5:00 - 5:30 PM

Networking & Expo

Networking & Expo

Networking & Expo

5:30 - 6:30 PM

Ocean energy global trends, projects and technologies for islands. Empowering remote and island communities: the Canadian case study
In cooperation with
Marine Renewables Canada and Ocean Energy Systems, IEA-OES

Geothermal energy for islands: resilient infrastructure, independence, and empowered communities

In cooperation with International Geothermal Association

GTI Awards 2021

6:30 - 7:00 PM

Networking & Expo

Networking & Expo

Register now to attend the several online events taking place from 19th to 21th October 2021.

Registration is FREE, but entry ticket are limited, so reserve your spot now!

registration

DRAFT AGENDA

Networking & Expo

8:30 AM CEST
30 minutes

Opening
Technology, policy and finance connect at the 8th GTI e_Convention 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.

9:00 AM CEST
1 hour and 30 minutes

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 the same table with sustainable technological innovation and with joint efforts become drivers for islands’ sustainable growth. The 2020 edition explored the role of islands as laboratories for innovation and leaders in a green recovery. One year later the context has evolved: as coronavirus vaccines and stimulus packages begun to phase in, the world prepares to build back better and what was an intention must now become a reality. The 8th GTI e_Convention, culmination of the GTI Observatory’s work, endeavors to make this come true starting from the islands and their best practices protagonists of the GTI Awards.
The three-days event is centred on the integration of technology, policy and finance with a unique global platform where innovators, islands administrations, institutions and investors of the vast GTI network come together to originate new projects to match islands’ needs. The GTI e_Convention will also concentrate on national, regional and international tenders and calls for innovation to face common challenges building coalitions of high-expertise institutions, industry associations, corporates, academia and civil society. Alongside the task forces workshops, training sessions will also be provided, with top global experts deepening the most advanced solutions for common islands challenges, like wave energy, sustainable maritime transport and ports electrification, and waste management.
As usual, the GTI e_Convention will include the well-known International Conference and a virtual exhibition where islands will promote their territories, presenting the progress on their sustainable transition, and corporates will showcase the latest innovative solutions and best practices. The global event will end with the 7th edition of the GTI Awards to reward and disseminate the best solutions applied worldwide on energy, water, mobility, waste, agriculture and sustainable tourism. The most qualified jury ever assembled for islands will evaluate the projects based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria, like CO2 savings, the ecological and economic value added, replicability to other areas and degree of innovation. Island stakeholders will have the opportunity of deepening topics and continue networking also after the event through the GTI App.

Networking & Expo

10:30 AM CEST
30 minutes

Hybrid energy storage systems as a growing solution for islands’ decarbonization

11:00 AM CEST
1 hour and 30 minutes
In cooperation with EASE and EUROBAT

Energy storage is key to enable higher penetration of variable renewables retaining excess energy and ensuring grid efficiency and stability. In the medium/large-scale framework, hybrid storage systems are a growing solution due to their ability to simultaneously exploit the advantages of different technologies. Such as in the case of battery-battery (e.g. lithium and lead) or battery-non-battery storage technology (e.g. fly wheel systems). They also can help reduce the use of conventional generators (such as diesel generators, widely used in islands) and therefore lower the provision costs.
This webinar aims to offer an overview of the pool of technologies available and their benefits for island utilities, offering examples of successful applications. Though creating a grid that can handle a hybridization with different programming according to the peaks generated by the variable renewables brings both opportunities and challenges. In fact, to manage hybrid systems the utilities need efficient batteries and control software, but also upgraded policies and regulations to support hybridization at both the plant and grid levels. Alongside assessing the technological maturity and lower costs of such a solution, its market’s potential and progress will be examined to identify the most suitable mechanisms for island utilities with respect to the provision of system services, de-rating, financial risks and contract length.

Networking & Expo

12:30 PM CEST
1 hour

Floating offshore wind in the Mediterranean Sea. What policies are needed to kick start this industry?

1:30 PM CEST
1 hour and 30 minutes
In cooperation with Wind Europe

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 constraints and needs to coexist with other maritime activities. The Task Force has focused on the Mediterranean Sea, which due to the depth of its waters, is a very suitable location for the implementation of floating offshore wind projects.
The Task Force, comprised by island governments and international experts, identified three policy areas to kick start projects: Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP), permitting, and auction design. It discussed how to facilitate the conditions for the deployment of floating offshore wind, bringing the islands’ voice to central governments.
This workshop will focus on the European Commission’s proposals under the Fit for 55 Package with reference to this specific technology and offer guidance for Member States on auction design based on the ongoing consultation of the European State Aid Guidelines.

Networking & Expo

3:00 PM CEST
30 minutes

GTI Academy
Green hydrogen: an opportunity for islands’ decarbonisation

3:30 PM CEST
1 hour and 30 minutes
In cooperation with Fedarene & World Hydrogen Leaders

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 developed a fully integrated model of hydrogen production, storage, transportation and utilisation for heat, power and mobility that is now being replicated at larger scale in Mallorca, Spain, through the Green Hysland project. In Green Hysland, green hydrogen from solar energy will be produced and delivered to end users such as the island’s tourism, transport, industry and energy sectors, including gas grid injection for green heat and power local end-use.
In this workshop, participants will also discover HEAVENN, a large-scale demo project bringing together core elements of the hydrogen sector in Northern Netherlands, and others in order to understand the potential of green hydrogen for islands’ decarbonisation, and discuss how these case studies can be replicated. Ultimately, the workshop will address the following questions: What is the technology and how is it used in islands? How can we unlock more green hydrogen projects for islands? What are the cost trends and the business models?

Networking & Expo

5:00 PM CEST
30 minutes

Ocean energy global trends, projects and technologies for islands. Empowering remote and island communities: the Canadian case study

5:30 PM CEST
1 hour
In cooperation with Marine Renewables Canada and Ocean Energy System, IEA-OES

Regions at disproportionately higher risk due to climate change, such as remote coastal communities, islands and least developed countries, are examining renewable resources as a means to relieve power constraints and promote economic growth. Many remote communities, islands and coastal regions meet their energy needs through exchanges with mainland via submarine cables or their own fossil fuel-based generation facilities – they also tend to have good marine renewable energy resource potential.
With over 200 remote communities reliant on fossil fuel and mainly diesel in Canada, Canadian industry, researchers, and government have been working towards developing and implementing renewable energy solutions. Aside from powering communities, marine renewable energy is also being explored to provide a cost competitive solution for ocean industries that require access to consistent, reliable, and clean power untethered to land-based power grids. These include traditional ocean sectors such as shipping, offshore oil and gas, fisheries and ports that are increasingly focused on implementing sustainable energy solutions as well as high-growth industries such as desalination, aquaculture, ocean observing, marine robotics, biofuels, and seawater mineral extraction.
While marine renewable energy technologies such as tidal, wave, and river current energy are still in a pre-commercial phase, they are a cost competitive solution for these communities in comparison to diesel. Efforts to unlock the potential of these technologies are also supported through smart grid technology innovation – a pursuit that could help realize the full benefits of marine renewable energy generation.
The aim of this session is to provide an overview of Canadian marine renewable energy projects and activities that have applicability globally for remote, coastal, and island communities.

Networking & Expo

6:30 PM CEST
30 minutes

Networking & Expo

8:30 AM CEST
30 minutes

GTI Academy
The importance of Circular Economy in islands to ensure environmental and economic sustainability: strategies for the management of organics and plastics

9:00 AM CEST
1 hour and 30 minutes
In cooperation with Zero Waste europe

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 generating savings.
Sustainable management of organic waste is at the intersection of various angles of environmental sustainability: not only does it ensure a remarkable diversion from disposal, but also it restores organic fertility in soils, which in turn fights desertification, ensures sequestration of carbon in soils, thereby fighting climate change, makes agriculture and afforestation viable, and makes islands more resilient towards erosion, floods, landslides, etc. Also, proper management of organics, which are a largest part of municipal waste, and particularly in tourist areas given the large contribution by catering services provided by hotels, restaurants, may imply operational and economic optimization of waste management. As a matter of fact, recycling of organics may be done on site and also through small-scale initiatives, which remarkably trims the volumes of waste to be shipped elsewhere.
Also, the global agenda on plastics is increasingly emphasizing the importance of reuse and reduction in order to curb leakage of plastics into the environment. Coastal communities and islands are the most impacted ones by plastics leaking into oceans, which not only impacts beauty of local landscapes, but also harms fishing activities and threats the health of communities. Policies and practices to reduce plastic consumption and leakage, are therefore of primary importance to ensure long-term environmental and economic sustainability in islands.

Networking & Expo

10:30 AM CEST
30 minutes

How island resorts 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

11:00 AM CEST
1 hour and 30 minutes
In cooperation with MITDC and Green Destinations Foundation

How can sustainability and technological solutions help the island resorts 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 island resorts to involve local communities in the sustainable transition, as well as neighbour islands, where workers often live and set up distributed guesthouse models.
In a strengthened effort to accompany islands on the path to become sustainable destinations, the new Greening the Islands Certification will be presented with a pilot on two Maldivian islands. The GTI Observatory Global Index is an integral part of the programme, allowing to assess and monitor islands’ progress in the various sectors.

Networking & Expo

12:30 PM CEST
1 hour

Innovation and cooperation towards a new model of sustainable agriculture for islands

1:30 PM CEST
1 hour and 30 minutes
In cooperation with Insuleur and Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias

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 islands” agricultural products. These issues can only be tackled by exploiting synergies with the entire primary sector and by identifying the truly sustainable innovations.
The workshop showcases the annual work of the GTI Observatory Task Force “Sustainable Agriculture in Small Islands”, run in cooperation with INSULEUR and Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias and with the esteemed support of FAO. Lately, the Task Force has brought its focus on the synergies of agriculture with livestock and the entire primary sector, as well as on formulating recommendations on the most sustainable innovations and the most effective policies for islands. It is also working to include parameters for agriculture in the GTI Global Index, such as agricultural land size, evaluation, and effective agricultural uses.
The workshop will present snapshots of synergies with different sectors and technologies drawing on research findings and good practices, focusing on the most sustainable innovations for islands and exploring how renewables, waste management, circular economy, and capacity building can contribute to a sustainable model. Nature-based solutions, agrivoltaics, agritourism, residues reuse in connection with livestock, innovative irrigation and wastewater treatment techniques are all able to assist the conservation and development of island indigenous crops and create a circular, more efficient agricultural model. Then, policy recommendations will follow for island governments and international institutions on key themes of the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the EU Farm to Fork Strategy, such as a pesticides reduction and soil management.

Networking & Expo

3:00 PM CEST
30 minutes

RES, water recycling & desalination hybrid systems

3:30 PM CEST
1 hour and 30 minutes

Networking & Expo

5:00 PM CEST
30 minutes

Geothermal energy for islands: resilient infrastructure, independence, and empowered communities

5:30 PM CEST
1 hour
In cooperation with International Geothermal Association

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 and on behalf of the island communities. The Round table will be in moderated form and will be informative on policies, regulations, technological designs and forward looking in order to raise awareness for geothermal development as part of the greening the island initiative.

Networking & Expo

6:30 PM CEST
30 minutes

Networking & Expo

8:30 AM CEST
30 minutes

GTI Academy
Maritime Ports on Islands - Policy & Green solutions

9:00 AM CEST
1 hour and 30 minutes

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 of the European Union:
1) What is the transport policy in general and in particular for islands, and
2) How can islands benefit from dedicated projects and funding?
Many practical solutions have already been found elsewhere and only require adaptation. In addition, several islands often face similar problems and may benefit from jointly managed projects or joint tendering to reduce admin and costs per involved island. Consequently a series of good practices are presented to illustrate the value of collaboration. The EU territory serves only as an example to concretely arrive at solutions, which possibly could be adapted to other islands, perhaps anywhere.
Concrete up-to-date policy measures as well as open calls for proposals for islands will be presented. Furthermore, the experience gained in concrete, outstanding projects on H2, ultra-charging and bio-LNG will be shown. Finally leading experts and project managers will outline their vision and planning for the coming years.
This session can by far not present all solutions and ideas but intends to serve as a welcome and starting point to all islanders (& supporters) how wish to come on board and start networking with some of the leading experts and managers for greening our world.

Networking & Expo

10:30 AM CEST
30 minutes

Boosting Bikenomics on islands: the transformative power of improving cycling conditions for more attractive, more accessible and healthier islands. What local policies?

11:00 AM CEST
1 hour and 30 minutes
In cooperation with Conebi and Dutch Cycling Embassy

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, safer, wealthier, healthier and happier. There is ample evidence, not only from various regions around the world but also specifically from islands that have already invested in alternatives to car dependency. Sustainable tourism, as well, is embracing more and more this sort of solution as an increasing number of visitors seek an environmentally friendly way of vacationing.
What policies can be developed and applied to promote the growth of bicycle infrastructure and move towards sustainable mobility and tourism, with economic and health implications? What good practices are in place?

Networking & Expo

12:30 PM CEST
1 hour

GTI Academy
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.

1:30 PM CEST
1 hour and 30 minutes
In cooperation with Islands and Small States Institute, University of Malta

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 to support, design and implement such policies, it is essential to have sufficiently accurate and informative data on the concentration of air pollutants, which allow the evolution of the “health status” of the air in an area to be constantly monitored in order to highlight and address any critical issues and, at the same time, quantify the impact of policies and improvement solutions. By leveraging low-cost monitoring technologies (which are more accessible and less bulky than traditional solutions), it is possible to reach levels of capillarity that would otherwise be unattainable on islands, both for technological and economic reasons. This paradigm, promoted by important international programmes such as the UN AIR GEMS, is a true extension of the traditional approach, exploiting the emerging synergies between new technologies and conventional systems to collect increasingly accurate, accessible and informative environmental data. Monitoring is the starting point to unlock the implementation of emission reduction and indoor purification technologies by measuring their impact and promoting them to citizens through a stronger and consolidated environmental awareness.
This session aims to present the distributed environmental monitoring paradigm and the emerging clean-air technologies, with a focus on the challenges and opportunities encountered in its application in island contexts. The presentation will therefore be divided into two parts:
1. General presentation of the distributed environmental monitoring paradigm: technologies, limitations, potentials, application cases.
2. Challenges and opportunities for air quality monitoring in the case of islands.
3. Emerging emission reduction technologies and solutions that can be implemented on the islands to promote and defend clean air.
4. How outdoor air quality affects indoor environments and purification solutions to breath clean air in buildings.
This session can by far not present all solutions and ideas but intends to serve as a welcome and starting point to all islanders (& supporters) who wish to come on board and start networking with some of the leading experts and managers.

Networking & Expo

3:00 PM CEST
30 minutes

INSULEUR General Assembly

3:30 PM CEST
1 hour and 30 minutes

Networking & Expo

5:00 PM CEST
30 minutes

GTI Awards 2021

5:30 PM CEST
1 hour and 30 minutes

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, Agriculture, Sustainable tourism, Governance & Inclusion, are the occasion to identify and disseminate innovative and replicable best practices in the field of sustainability. The prestigious jury will evaluate the best projects, call attention to the importance of replicating best practices and explain how they can be divulgated in terms of policy and communications