Renewables and Islands Global Summit



Background note

IISD Reporting of the Renewables and Islands Global Summit

Session 1: Sustainable Development: The Road from Rio

Session 2: Islands Energy Trends and Strategies

IRENA Renewable Energy Islands Initiative
Dolf Gielen, Director, IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre

Renewable Energies for Remote Areas and Islands (REMOTE)
Georgina Grenon, French Representative to IEA/RETD Executive committee

Renewable Energy Trends and Strategies in the Caribbean Community
Crispin Gregoire, United Nations Development Programme

Session 3: Strategic Partnership for Renewable Energy in Islands – Identifying the Needs and Requirements for Financing

Session 4: Enabling Frameworks for Investments

Midsized wind turbines for mini grids and islands
Leopold Faye, Manager, Vergnet

Strategic approach for Island Grid Energy Management (available upon request)
Akira Kobayashi, Chief Project Manager, Hitachi

Session 5: Best Practices and Challenges in Deploying Renewable Energy

Cape Verde
Jose Brito, Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister, Cape Verde

Benedikt Höskuldsson, Head of Energy Affairs at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Iceland

Renewables Readiness Assessment
Gauri Singh, Director of Knowledge Management and Technology Cooperation, IRENA

Side event by the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development:

Smartening renewable energy supply on islands – addressing technical, economic and systemic challenges
Despite the fact that there is a high economic potential for renewable energy on islands due to high costs of fossil energy sources we still lack sufficient progress in deploying relevant renewable energy systems. With innovative systemic and technical solutions for isolated (renewable) energy supply on islands gaining ground, the debate is now gaining political momentum. In order to assess the prospective opportunities, the session will provide concrete examples of renewable energy installations and discuss the challenges, approaches, and technical solutions for renewable energy supply on islands. Furthermore, lessons learnt from implementing renewable energy based energy supply networks will be elaborated.

Galápagos Islands Zero Fossil Fuels Initiative
Pablo Carvajal, Advisor to the State Secretary of the Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Ecuador

Experiences from German bilateral cooperation
Bernhard Zymla, Head of GIZ Competence Centre Energy on behalf of BMZ

Graciosa Project Overview
Alexander Voight, CEO of Younicos

Group photo of the delegates

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