Stakeholders and researchers from all over Europe met in Athens to exchange ideas and experiences
About 3,5% of European citizens live on islands and this percentage is growing significantly during the tourist season, exerting pressure on ecosystems, transport systems, energy systems and island water requirements. The island's local authorities early became aware of the need to become energy-independent and actively involved in the joint global fight against climate change.
During its implementation, the European project INTERREG MED, PRISMI – «promoting RES Integration forum Smart Mediterranean Islands« has developed a comprehensive toolkit (based on a transnational approach) that attempts to address these issues by assessing and mapping the potential of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) and also providing the opportunity to develop scenarios of integration into the electrical systems of the Mediterranean islands.
In addition, the project supported the development of Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans in 5 study areas: Akamas Peninsula (Cyprus), Korcula Island (Croatia), Tilos Island (Greece), Favignana Island (Italy) Gozo area (Malta).
At the same time, a network was set up in which members can equip themselves with the tools developed for local energy planning. These tools will help them to develop proposals for co-funded projects and pilot applications in the field of sustainable development, energy efficiency and renewable energy applications.
24 April 2018 held at the University of Western Attica, the conference titled "CLEAN Energy in European Islands", on the occasion of the completion of the PRISMI project. During the conference an exchange of ideas and know-how was held to broaden the debate on the implementation of clean energy projects on European islands to a wider audience, including researchers, practitioners, politicians, and especially European island operators, transition to cleaner forms of energy for the benefit of island communities.
The project has been successful and the common feeling among the partners is that PRISMI has made a significant contribution to supporting the local authorities of the Mediterranean islands in their transition to low-carbon systems in a cost-effective way. Of course, actions do not stop there and there are certainly prospects for further development and cooperation in the near future.
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or contact the project coordinator:
Dr. Davide Astiaso Garcia
+39 06 4991 864