IRENA/Leonardo Energy Webinar: Scaling Up Renewable Energy Deployment in Island Regions: Insights and Lessons

 Upcoming free webinar on how to scale up renewable energy deployment in island regions. The webinar, organized jointly by IRENA and Leonardo Energy, will share insights from the recent training workshop held in Fiji for the Pacific Islands.

 Topic: Scaling Up Renewable Energy Deployment in Island Regions: Insights and Lessons

 Date/Time: Thu, February 12, 2015 – 12:00 | 1.5 hours (Central European Time)

 Background: Due to their limited land area and remote and dispersed geographical location, many Small Island Developing States are facing compounded challenges in delivering reliable, sustainable and affordable energy services. Various sources have quoted the extreme petroleum dependency with indicative figures as high as over 95% of commercial energy consumption being sourced from imported petroleum in the Pacific Islands. Electricity consumption accounts for about a quarter of imported petroleum in the Pacific, mostly in the form of diesel and heavy fuel oil (HFO).

Many islands have announced their commitment to accelerate the transition to renewable energy in the form of renewable energy targets. Adopting binding, credible targets with clear accountability structure provides the foundation for the basic tenets of sound policy design, namely: transparency, longevity and certainty. However, fulfilling the targets carries a host of challenges. This webinar will address common questions that policy makers often face when scaling up renewable energy deployment in Small Island Developing States.

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Further information

The Special Edition on Islands contains information on the countries of the Caribbean plus information for Malta, Bahrain, Comoros, Belize, Cape Verde, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Palau, Kiribati, the Maldives, Nauru, the Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Niue, the Federated States of Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, São Tome and Principe, and the Seychelles
Read more:

Special edition on the occasion of the Renewables and Islands Global Summit


Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2015 and European Union: Technology and Innovation Leader in the Renewable Sector Session

Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) 2015

Attracting more than 32,000 people, ADSW is the Middle East’s largest gathering focused on addressing the interconnected challenges of energy and water security, climate risk and sustainable development. The World Future Energhy Summit (WFES), the International Water Summit and EcoWaste are co-located events taking place during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), 17-24 January, an international gathering hosted by Masdar. The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) also is holding its Fifth General Assembly at the same time.

The Coastal and Marine Union (EUCC) has previously attended the WFES and the IRENA General Assembly. This is an important meeting not only for the region but globally. The European Union and member countries and industries are very active.

ADSW is expected to attract more than 32,000 people from 170 countries, representing leading players in industry, government, finance and research, to take part in numerous high-level panel discussions, workshops and trade-floor product exhibitions with an impressive array of groundbreaking technologies on display.

Opening Ceremony Day 1 highlights

Day 2 Video Highlights

Speech by H.E. Dr. Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad Minister of Environment and Water at Day 2 Press Conference

European Union: Technology and Innovation Leader in the Renewable Sector (Conference Hall A)

Date: Monday January 19, 2015Time:14:00 – 18:15

14:00 – 14:45 Welcome and Introduction
Moderator, Maria Graca CarvalhoMaria Graca Carvalho, Special Advisor,European Commission, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation

Welcome Speech, Miguel Arias CañeteMiguel Arias Cañete, European Commissioner For Energy And Climate

14:45 – 15:30 The Enabling Framework – European Union Policies
Dominique RistoriDominique Ristori, Director General,Dg Energy
Aija Timofejeva, Head, Renewable Energy Resources and Energy Efficiency Department, Latvian Minister For Economics
Claude Turmes, Member European Parliament, President, Eufores, Belgium
Jake Werksman, EU lead negotiator, COP21, Principal Adviser, DG CLIMA

15:45 – 17:30 EU Technologies and Best Practices to be Deployed Worldwide
Christian Buchner,Vice President, Schmid Group, Germany
Morten Dyrholm, Vice President, Global Public Affairs Vestas, Denmark
Stephan Fintelmann, Chief Executive Officer, Kbb Kollektorbau Gmbh, Germany
Claus Kuhn, Vice President, Thin-Film-Solar Manz Ag, Germany

17:30 – 18:00 Success Stories in Third Countries
Roberto Ridolfi, Director, Sustainable Growth and Development, Dg Development and Cooperation
Erik Scotto, Chief Executive Officer, Akuoenergy, France

18:00 – 18:15 Concluding Remarks
Paul Verhoef, Renewable Energy Technologies,DG – RTD

Further information:

ADSW Event Calender

IRENA Fifth General Assembly

IRENA website
Schedule for Fifth General Assembly

World Future Energy Summit

International Water Summit

Project and Finance Village

Tech Talk

Green Energy Success Story for Island of Samso, Denmark


Twenty years ago, Samso faced problems. Its farming and fishing industries were in decline, and its electricity and heating costs, mostly from diesel and coal, were rising. Its young people were leaving the island to attend high school and choosing not to return. In 1997, the island began a long-term transformation.

Samso won a government-sponsored contest to create a model community for renewable energy and, through a combination of wind and solar (for electricity) and geothermal and plant-based energy (for heating), the island reached green energy independence in 2005. That means Samso actually generates more power from renewable sources than it consumes over all. Attached by a power cable to the mainland 11 miles away, the island sells its excess electricity to the national utility, bringing income to the hundreds of residents who own shares in the island’s wind farms, both on land and at sea.

Samso has attracted global attention for its accomplishments. The Samso Energy Academy has spread their story and methods to international visitors. Denmark is also studying the use of renewables on Bornholm, an even more remote island than Samso, in the Baltic Sea, said Rasmus Helveg Petersen, the country’s minister of climate, energy and building.

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More information: 

New York Times Article : Green Energy Inspiration Off the Coast of Denmark

Samso Island Video