Crete Island Meeting - 28 February & 1 March 2019

Hosted by the Region of Crete

Greening the Islands is a global initiative that has been launched to promote and disseminate sustainable projects dedicated to islands and remote locations. The aim of our project is to enhance the development of an enlarged concept of “circular economy”, embracing not only isolated systems and the four relevant pillars of the green economy – energy, water, waste and mobility – but also the agriculture, eco-tourism, culture and traditions.

The Greening the Islands Observatory, launched in occasion of the 5th Greening the International Conference in Minorca, is a think tank aiming at analysing island needs and identify innovative solutions on the fields of above to support the definition and the implementation of strategies and plans of governments and corporates. The first working year will involve solutions on energy, water, mobility applied on a selected group of Islands, which are Egadi Archipelago (Favignana, Levanzo and Marettimo – Italy), Crete (Greece), Helgoland (Germany) and Boracay (Philippines).

In November 2018, in Rome, it was held the first GTI Observatory Plenary Meeting with the governments of the selected islands and the industrial members, where an overview of the islands has been presented and hypothesis of solutions have been advanced by the corporates and the Greening the Islands specialists.

For the first semester of 2019, the plan foreseens 2 days’ meetings in each island of the Observatory, hosted by the Islands’ Governments, involving all key local stakeholders, such as local institutions, utilities, corporate and Industry Associations Members.

The Aim of the meeting in Creete is to define better the short list of projects discussed in Rome and deepen Crete’s status, needs and solutions on energy, water, mobility and waste, also through site visits. An overview of policy, regulation and permitting will be presented and discussed.

See the priorities emerged by the Observatory Crete Island Meeting organised by sectors


  • Storage system implementation, distributed and concentrated) to support the increase of renewables (in the short-term focus on storage projects for wind farms already under permitting)
  • Local energy communities or cooperative model to be tested in Crete. Analysis of the actual Greek legislation on the topic.
  • Hybridization of the 3 thermal plants with renewables – analysis of actual Greek regulation
  • Energy efficiency policy and solutions for hotels, buildings and street lights
  • Acceptance of RES in Crete
  • Security of supply – RES diversification and policy for RES dissemination
  • Control grid implementation – smart grid


  • Drought protection and overall efficiency in water management. Analysis of the losses in the water grid and solutions.
  • Water management strategy to face the fluctuation of the demand from winter to summer due to tourism
  • Seawater desalination, including environment brine impact, and wastewater reuse.
  • Preventing aquifer overexploitation
  • Pumping efficiency


  • Analysis of car sharing and pooling models in Crete
  • Electrification of ports and vessels: charging infrastructure and policy to promote use of electric boats
  • Policies to incentive the use of electric cars, restrictions for polluting vehicles in urban areas. Create a business model to encourage private companies to support adoption of electric cars
  • Examine the possibility to develop a V2G (Vehicle to Grid) pilot. Proposal for some revisions of the legislation
  • Analyze the possibility to create specific road path for bicycles
  • Policies to encourage the use of renewable energy sources for mobility
  • Analyze the possibility of development of a web-app to support the use of electric vehicles by locals and tourist users also from Crete to other destinations


  • Proposals of new methods to increase separate collection starting from glass, paper, metals, plastic and organic waste from hotels and markets and then implementation of domestic organic waste collection;
  • Evaluate biogas plants for organic waste and domestic composting for remote areas;
  • Analyse the opportunity of organic sludge treatment and reuse for agriculture;
  • Proposals of methods to increase collection and reuse of demolition materials;
  • Proposals of awareness campaign for Crete population;

See the complete album on Flickr


Corporate members