Multilateral efforts and collaborations towards creating island models for the energy transition reinforced at COP28
At COP28 in Dubai, the Caribbean island of Curaçao forged a strategic partnership with the Greening the Islands (GTI) Foundation to formulate a comprehensive roadmap for its transition to 100% renewable energy. A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the island’s government and GTI Foundation during a session held in the Global Renewables Hub, with the study receiving essential support from the Blue Planet Alliance.
The “High-Level Panel on achieving 100% renewable energy: How small island states can lead the way” was co-organized by the GTI Foundation, the Global Solar Council, the Government of Malta (Ministry for the Environment, Energy and Enterprise), during Oceans Day of COP28.
In a historic announcement during the same event, Curaçao pledged its dedication to achieving 100% renewable energy by the year 2045 by signing the Blue Planet Alliance Climate Agreement. This commitment marks a significant stride towards a sustainable and eco-friendly future for island nations during the pivotal annual UN climate summit. GTI Foundation will contribute to this ambitious target through the development of a comprehensive roadmap for Curaçao as part of the 100% RES Islands Initiative spearheaded by the GTI Observatory.
The island of Curacao is a member of the GTI Observatory and will be part of the Observatory’s Global Index program in 2024, to assess the current status across various sectors of the island’s economy and monitor progress along the decarbonization path.
At COP28, the GTI Foundation also co-organized a session with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) in the SDG Pavilion, where collaboration was formalized between GTI Foundation and the Global Renewables Alliance. The target of this strategic cooperation is the development of 100% renewable energy roadmaps for selected Small Island Developing States towards the 4th International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS4), to be held in May 2024 in Antigua and Barbuda, where GTI and UN DESA will host a joint event.
“Curaçao’s bold commitment to achieving 100% renewable energy, announced during COP28, stands as a beacon of hope and island leadership in the global pursuit of sustainable development. Together with Curaçao, Rodrigues, Tonga and the other partners of our initiative we will develop decarbonization models to be replicated on more islands and also on the mainland,” said Gianni Chianetta, Chair of GTI Foundation.
Additionally, at COP28 the GTI Foundation co-organized a session in the Greece Pavilion with the governments of Malta, Greece, and Cyprus, emphasizing its commitment to empowering Mediterranean islands for a future powered entirely by renewable energy.
In fact, while the GTI Foundation 100% RES Islands Initiative will include SIDS from regions across the globe: the Pacific, Indian Ocean, and the Caribbean, further focus is also placed on spearheading a model of regional cooperation for the 100% renewable energy target on islands in the Mediterranean.
During the entire duration of COP28, Greening the Islands successfully collaborated and co-organized sessions with the UN DESA, the Government of Malta, the Government of Greece, IRENA SIDS LHI, the Global Solar Council, and the Global Renewables Alliance. Several top-level representatives from island governments around the globe enriched these sessions, including: Hon. Toeolesulusulu Cedric Pose Salesa Schuster, Minister of Natural Resources, Environment and Lands, Samoa; Hon. Miriam Dalli, Minister for the Environment, Energy and Enterprise, Malta; H.E. Viliami Va’inga Tōnē, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Tonga to the UN; Franceau Aubret Grandcourt, Deputy Chief Commissioner, Rodrigues Regional Assembly; Albert Martis, President of the Governmental Climate Change Platform, Curacao.