SYNOPTIC SCHEDULE

CEST HOUR

Wednesday - 26th Oct

Thursday - 27th Oct

Friday - 28th Oct

From 8:30 AM to 5 PM

Networking & Expo

Networking & Expo

Networking & Expo

8:30 - 9:00

Innovative financing for the decarbonization in the ASIA-PACIFIC region

9:00 - 9:30

INDIAN OCEAN islands as a model for sustainable tourism

9:30 - 10:00

OPENING

Presentation of the 1st GTI Observatory Report: technology, policy and finance for the sustainability of islands. Debate with islands, scientific and financial institutions.

10:00 - 10:30

Networking & Expo

10:30 - 11:00

Networking & Expo

11:00 - 11:30

11:30 - 12:00

Coffee Break

Coffee Break

Coffee Break

12:00 - 12:30

Networking & Expo

Networking & Expo

Networking & Expo

12:30 - 13:00

13:00 - 13:30

13:30 - 14:00

Lunch time

Lunch time

Lunch time

14:00 - 14:30

14:30 - 15:00

15:00 - 15:30

Speeding up renewables in EUROPEAN & ATLANTIC islands

What policies can unlock finance to enhance water security in the CARIBBEAN?

8th of GTI AWARDS

15:30 - 16:00

16:00 - 16:30

DRAFT AGENDA

Networking & Expo

From 8:30 AM to 5 PM CEST

Opening
Presentation of the 1st GTI Observatory Report: technology, policy and finance for the sustainability of islands. Debate with islands, scientific and financial institutions.

9:30 AM CEST
2 hours

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 needs and sustainable solutions, and face common challenges building consortia for national, regional and international tenders.
Last year’s edition drew on the lessons learned by the GTI Observatory and, in particular, on how global policy and finance need to sit at the same table with sustainable technology and with joint efforts become drivers for islands’ sustainable growth and unlock their potential as laboratories for innovation. In the opening of the new edition of the GTI eConvention, the GTI Observatory will present its first Report, culmination of its work across the sectors of the island circular economy.
Most technological solutions are replicable in many islands worldwide, while policy frameworks and financing mechanisms are often specific to regions. Thus, as a new feature, the 9th edition will have a regional focus to analyse the main challenges in 4 macro areas with the involvement of local partners.
The 4 regional workshops will be: renewables and regulatory frameworks in the EU and Atlantic Ocean, water cycle in the Caribbean, sustainable tourism in the Indian Ocean, and decarbonization in the Asia-Pacific region.
The conclusions and the potential solutions identified during the event, will concur to inform the final position paper produced by GTI to bring a stronger islands’ voice at COP27 raising attention around the most relevant themes.
As usual, the GTI Awards – now in the 8th edition – will close the event, recognizing the three best projects for islands’ integrated sustainability.

Coffee Break

11:30 AM CEST
30 minutes

Networking & Expo

12:00 AM CEST
1 hour & 30 minutes

Lunch time

13:30 CEST
1 hour & 30 minutes

Speeding up renewables in European & Atlantic islands

15:00 CEST
1 hour and 30 minutes

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. Thus, not only renewables allow islands to save huge financial resources, but can also help them achieve energy security while decarbonizing and create significant synergies among sectors. However, deploying the most efficient technologies in the various sectors of the islands’ economy requires appropriate regulatory frameworks that enable their use. Today, regulations for energy supply on islands are obsolete and biased in favour of fossil fuels.
Utility companies are generally compensated for the additional costs they have to incur to supply electricity to the islanders, in order for them to pay the same price as the inhabitants of the mainland. In the EU, these additional costs are paid by all citizens of a country through a component in the bill. For example, Italy spends around 60 million euros a year for this compensation for its smaller non-interconnected islands with 200,000 inhabitants. Spain spends around 1 billion euros for the Balearic and the Canary Islands, and Greece even more. This compensation does not motivate utilities to endorse the transition, but on the contrary, it incentivizes them to continue using diesel.
With the “Minor Islands” Decree, Italy has adopted an innovative instrument to incentivize renewables in non-interconnected islands. The decree in fact provides for remuneration through a feed-in tariff calculated in relation to the cost of fuel that is avoided (including the cost of transport) thanks to renewables. This incentive scheme does not involve additional costs for the government but is funded through the budget already allocated to the supply of diesel that is not used. Every country – developing countries as well – could adopt this mechanism, using the budget saved by reducing the use of diesel. From a political point of view, the measure is particularly interesting as it allows the distribution of the budget – which today is allocated to utilities to cover their higher costs – among individual citizens, allowing them to achieve greater independence with clean energy sources.
In this workshop, the Italian “Minor Islands” Decree will be presented in details alongside other policies to promote renewables on islands from energy authorities of Greece and Spain to explore their potential for replication in all European islands and beyond.

Networking & Expo

From 8:30 AM to 5 PM CEST

Innovative financing for the decarbonization in the ASIA-PACIFIC region

8:30 AM CEST
1 hour and 30 minutes

Southern East Asian and Pacific islands face enormous challenges to finance projects that are essential to achieve minimum self-sufficiency and decent livelihood levels. Pollution has reached 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 excessive air and water pollution. Innovative public and private financing mechanisms are needed to help such developing islands overcome these challenges and richer countries to reach the climate targets they have put forth in the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Carbon pricing mechanisms such as emission trading schemes and effective carbon offset projects can represent a viable way to finance projects to enhance islands’ sustainability.

Networking & Expo

10:00 AM CEST
1 hour & 30 minutes

Coffee Break

11:30 AM CEST
30 minutes

Networking & Expo

12:00 AM CEST
1 hour & 30 minutes

Lunch time

13:30 CEST
1 hour & 30 minutes

What policies can unlock finance to enhance water security in the Caribbean?

15:00 CEST
1 hour and 30 minutes

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 place to guarantee adequate high-quality freshwater supply to their inhabitants. Providing islands with the most innovative desalination plants – today also available in small sizes – coupled with renewable and hybrid power systems is a choice of primary importance to promote their self-sufficiency and lower their servicing costs, with huge positive impacts on their communities.
Other strategic areas are the establishment of innovative rainwater collection and wastewater treatment systems to exploit the vast synergies available with other sectors like agriculture, as well as the improvement of island water grids, extending them and minimizing their losses.
Hence, it is critical that private and public finance flow into such a strategic sector, to help islands mitigate the effects of climate change. Furthermore, savings generated through innovative solutions can be invested in new adaptation projects. This webinar will analyze the particular challenges of the Caribbean islands, common also to many other islands worldwide. Good practices will be presented with a focus on optimal policies and financing mechanisms to unlock projects in the region and around the globe.

Networking & Expo

From 8:30 AM to 5 PM CEST

Indian Ocean islands as a model for sustainable tourism

9:00 AM CEST
1 hour and 30 minutes

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 sectors that contribute most to polluting emissions. It is strictly connected to the seasonality issues: the difference in the flow of visitors between low and high season makes the design and sizing of the plants, both for power production and for seawater desalination, as well as the management of water and electricity grids and the disposal of waste more complex.
Adopting an integrated approach for the development of a sustainable tourism, it is necessary to promote new business models with the involvement of local communities, acknowledging the role of the environment as a basic asset of a responsible tourism. To accompany islands on the path to become sustainable destinations, GTI analyses islands and monitors their progress through the GTI Observatory Global Index and, thanks to the partnership with the Green Destinations Foundation, provides islands with access to a certification as sustainable islands recognized by the United Nations. The webinar will offer an overview of the GTI Certification, including its functioning and objectives, providing details with reference to practical cases.

Networking & Expo

10:30 AM CEST
1 hour

Coffee Break

11:30 AM CEST
1 hour

Networking & Expo

12:00 AM CEST
1 hour & 30 minutes

Lunch time

13:30 CEST
1 hour & 30 minutes

GTI Awards 2022

15:00 CEST
1 hour and 30 minutes

8th Greening the Islands Awards: announcement and presentation of the three winners. Debate with the GTI’s Jury Members.