Greening the Islands Foundation

Following the launch of the 100% RES Islandsinitiative at the New York Climate Week in September, Greening the Islands is ready to take part in COP 28, bringing preliminary outcomes for the island of Rodrigues (Mauritius) and announcing new islands to join!


Join us at COP 28 to learn more about our 100% RES Islands initiative, hearing from representatives of frontrunner islands and key global stakeholders, and discover the role renewables can play to empower island communities around the globe to accelerate their energy transition, stimulate their economies, and become models for the mainland.

We will host three events in the Blue zone of COP 28 in Dubai, UAE:

Small Islands Leading The Way Towards 100% Renewables

co-organized with UN DESA in the SDG Pavilion

5 December 9:00 - 10:00 AM GST

Description:

The structural vulnerabilities of small islands developing states (SIDS), such as higher costs associated with energy generation, water and food supply, waste management and disposal, and over-dependence on external services, are being compounded by accelerating impacts of climate change. It has become increasingly urgent to scale up renewable energy sources to ensure the security of their economies and environments, as well as a sustainable future for their communities.

A diversified mix of renewables and storage solutions, in a decentralized and smart grid approach, can represent an effective means for both mitigation and adaptation to climate change, while also creating more resilient and less costly power systems, as well as socio-economic development opportunities for local communities.

SIDS can be ideal testbeds to showcase the technical and economic feasibility of transitioning towards fully decarbonized energy systems, starting from power generation. Clean electricity can also provide a basis for decarbonizing other key sectors of the islands’ economy, such as water and transportation. However, surpassing high levels of renewable electricity penetration in islands’ power mixes to reach 100%, is particularly challenging and requires adequate power grids and storage systems to ensure flexibility and stability, as well as proper legislative and regulatory frameworks. Through building concrete case studies on islands, we can generate best practices and recommendations for other islands worldwide.

Join us at COP28 to learn more about new initiatives in this context from representatives of frontrunner islands and key global stakeholders and discover the role renewables can play to empower island communities around the globe to accelerate their energy transition, stimulate their economies, and become models for the mainland.

In the lead up to the Fourth International Conference on SIDS, hosted by Antigua and Barbuda on 27-30 May 2024, this event will provide practical solutions to help SIDS toward their commitment to transition to renewable energy.

Speakers:

Li Junhua
Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, UN 


Gianni Chianetta
Chair, Greening the Islands Foundation/Senior Advisor, GSC 


Henk Rogers
Founder, Blue Planet Alliance 


The Honorable Mr Siaosi Sovaleni
Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Tonga 


Ms. Julia Souder
Chairperson Global Renewable Alliance & CEO LDES 


Ms. Arieta Gonelevu Rakai
Programme Officer and Lead for the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative, IRENA

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High-Level Panel on achieving 100% renewable energy:
How small island states can lead the way

Global Solar Council, Ministry for the Environment, Energy and Enterprise (Government of Malta), IRENA, Greening the Islands Foundation

9 December 14:00 - 15:00 GST​

Description:

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are the countries facing the highest short-term risk of climate change disaster and disruptions to their supplies of diesel and other fuels. With sunny skies, powerful ocean winds, and relatively low energy demands – SIDS make for an ideal laboratory to experiment with a 100% renewable and flexible energy system, and show the world that this is not just a pipe dream, but a reality. This event will bring together Ministers representing SIDS across the world to discuss the technical and economic feasibility of 100% renewable energy for SIDS, progress made so far, as well as how SIDS can collaborate to exchange knowledge and lessons learnt to achieve this objective.

Speakers:

Gianni Chianetta Chair, Greening the Islands Foundation/Senior Advisor, GSC


Hon. Miriam Dalli

Minister for Environment, Energy, and Enterprise, Malta

Franceau Aubret Grandcourt
Deputy Chief Commissioner, Rodrigues Regional Assembly

Albert Martis
President, Climate Change Platform, Curacao Government

H.E. Viliami Va'inga Tōnē
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Tonga to the UN

Hon. Toeolesulusulu Cedric Pose Salesa Schuster
Minister of Natural Resources, Environment and Lands

Henk Rogers
Founder, Blue Planet Alliance

Arieta Gonelevu Rakai
Programme Officer and Lead for the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative, IRENA

Licypriya Kangujam
environmental activist 

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Accelerating the Green and Blue Energy Transition in MED Islands

co-organized with Malta, Cyprus, and Greece in the Greek Pavilion

10 December 11:00-12:00 PM GST​

Description:

This side event being organized by Malta, Greece and Greening the Islands Foundation is focused at addressing the challenges faced by islands in their quest to successfully identify a pathway towards 100% renewable energy deployment, while ensuring energy and economic security. The event also aims at stimulating a discussion to foster collaboration and synergies among islands of the same region.

Speakers:

MEP Maria Spyraki Member of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats)

Professor Simone Borg
Climate Ambassador Malta

Ambassador George Kremlis
Former Advisor to the Greek Prime Minister for environment, energy, climate and circular economy/Member of the Board the EPLO and Chair of its Climate and Circular Economy Institute

Ing. Abigail Cutajar
Advisor to the Minister for Environment, Energy and Enterprise, Malta

Ing. Sandro Lauri
The Energy and Water Agency, Malta

Mr. Gianni Chianetta Chair, Greening the Islands Foundation/Senior Advisor, GSC

Mr. Reyad Fezzani
GTI Observatory - Greening the Islands Foundation

Ms. Sonia Dunlop
CEO, Global Solar Council, Vice Chair, Global Renewables Alliance 

Ing. Ismail D’Amato
CEO, InterConnect Malta

Mr. Karl Cilia
CEO, Water services Corporation Malta/Clearflow Plus plc

Hon Miriam Dalli
Minister for the Environment, Energy and Enterprise, Malta

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