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At Greening the Islands, the European Commission to meet mayors of small islands about support for sustainability initiatives

GTI Favignana
4th edition of the international conference to highlight islands’ potential as a test-bed for a broader idea of circular economy
Favignana, 3-4 November, Stabilimento Florio

Milan, 31 October 2017 – The Sicilian island of Favignana is ready to welcome delegates for the 4th Greening the Islands international conference on 3 and 4 November, which this year incorporates the second Italian edition of the event.

Energywatersustainable mobilitywasteagriculture and tourism are the themes that this year introduce a new, broader concept of circular economy with islands leading the way. Greening the Islands will address technological innovation with an emphasis on projects that have already been implemented – or are being implemented today – on islands that leverage the nexus between the various sectors of the green economy.

\”We are committed to promoting constant, effective exchange between the vast array of different players who can contribute to the sustainable future of our islands. National and international institutions, innovation leaders, investors, the media and local communities all need to have a seat at the table if we are to break ground on innovative, sustainable projects for our islands, as envisaged in the recent Malta agreement between 14 EU Member States. Greening the Islands has been active on this front for years,\” said Gianni Chianetta, director and scientific co-ordinator of Greening the Islands.

To follow up on the EU’s \”small islands\” summits held this year in Malta and Crete, the European Commission will be on hand to meet representatives of small island administrations – all members of the ANCIM association – to figure out how to lay the foundations for EU policies supporting the development of islands but at the same time protecting them in all their environmental, social and economic fragility.

\”EU islands have a significant potential to benefit from the clean energy transition and even become frontrunners in this process. The Commission, with its recently launched Clean Energy for EU Islands Initiative, is committed to facilitate and accelerate the use of wind, sun and ocean energies, as well as innovative smart grids and storage solutions,\” said Dominique Ristori, Director – General for Energy at the European Commission.

There are 2,418 European islands: large, small, at sea, on lakes, some connected by bridge, others unconnected to land. They are home to 13.9 million people and, of the total, about two-thirds are considered small islands inhabited by 360,000 people. Small islands are subject to tourism flows about 10 times their population, meaning the number of residents in the summer season surges to 3-4 million, with a strong anthropic pressure that is reflected on social, environmental and economic systems.

Greening the Islands Awards

During the event, the winners of the third edition of the Greening the Islands Awards will be announced. The award is an opportunity to shine a light on viable and innovative projects in the field of island sustainability. All the islands of the world can participate as long as they have worked on projects related to the following topics: renewable energy and energy saving; sustainable mobility; and water. The winners of the third edition will be chosen by an international jury and members of the community. It’s possible to vote the Awards from 01.00 pm of 2nd November to 01.00 pm of 3rd November on

A digital conference to connect all the islands

As of this year, Greening the Islands will also be an online event. Members of the community will be able to attend the conference via live streaming accessed through the – Connecting Islands Innovations platform, the community dedicated to the smaller islands all over the world. To take part in the online conference, registration is request within 2nd November.

The platform also enables networking meetings with speakers and conference participants.

For full conference programme, visit

Note to editors:

Greening the Islands is an international event that aims to stimulate collective work around energy, water, mobility issues and everything that enhances smaller islands and remote locations. The event is supported by the European Commission, the Italian Ministry of the Environment, Land and Sea, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, UNESCO and the Municipality of Favignana.

The event is supported by UNIEM and sponsored by BYDCarlsberg, FZSonik, Gewiss, Idroambiente, Sea Favignana, Siciliacque, Socomec, Sopes, Veolia. Media partners of the event are Canale Energia, LifeGateQuotidiano Energia,, Thinking Cities, Thinking Highways.

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