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Final days to submit innovative, sustainable projects for Greening the Islands Awards

Final days to submit innovative, sustainable projects for Greening the Islands Awards

In the run-up to the 4th Greening the Islands International Conference, the deadline for taking part in the Greening the Islands awards is fast approaching. Now is the time to present viable, innovative initiatives supporting island sustainability in the areas of renewable energy and energy efficiency,...
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EU forum is held on Crete to support programme to boost clean energy on islands

EU forum is held on Crete to support programme to boost clean energy on islands

© European Union, 2017. Photo: Stefanos Rapanis   European Union institutions and energy industry representatives have come together for the inaugural Clean Energy for EU Islands forum in Chania, Greece, to explore ways for the region’s 2,200 inhabited islands to benefit from the clean energy trans...
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Hurricanes expose resilience gap of small islands, says UN disaster risk chief

Hurricanes expose resilience gap of small islands, says UN disaster risk chief

The catastrophe wrought upon the Caribbean by this year’s Atlantic hurricane season has shone a light on the plight of small islands and the rapid increase in risks they face from climate change, despite contributing to the phenomenon to a miniscule degree. The calamity that has struck islands including...
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US researchers devise 100% solar-powered desalination technology for remote locations

US researchers devise 100% solar-powered desalination technology for remote locations

This scaled up test bed of NEWT’s direct solar desalination technology uses carbon black nanoparticles that convert as much as 80% of sunlight energy into heat. Results from an earlier prototype showed the technology could produce as much as six liters of freshwater per hour per square meter of solar me...
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Clean energy initiative for islands gets formal backing from European Commission and 14 countries

Clean energy initiative for islands gets formal backing from European Commission and 14 countries

The European Commission and 14 EU countries have made a formal declaration of support for renewable energy on the region’s 2,700 islands, marking a firm commitment to accelerating the transition to clean energy on islands. The Commission, in launching the Clean Energy for EU Islands initiative, said it...
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The “win-win” case for investing in renewable island grids in the Philippines

The “win-win” case for investing in renewable island grids in the Philippines

The Philippines, an archipelago nation of 7,461 islands, has the chance to modernise its power-generation systems, which rely on imported diesel fuel, by embracing solar- and wind-powered island grids, a new report has found. Small island grids represent a largely overlooked opportunity for investors in...
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Cape Verde shows the way, raising ambition and targeting 100% renewables by 2020

Cape Verde shows the way, raising ambition and targeting 100% renewables by 2020

Credit: Cabeólica   Cape Verde’s transition to renewables is proving so successful that the African state has decided to raise its ambition and target 100% renewables by 2020. The government of Cape Verde, a group of islands with over 500,000 inhabitants set in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of w...
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