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Islands - From fossil fuels dependency to renewable energy (NEF)


Remote and isolated Islands rely on identifying their own renewable energy sources to reduce their dependence on importing fossil fuels to meet their energy needs. Many island states have introduced ambitious targets to roll out renewables. This side-event will compare efforts by various islands globally. The event takes place at the New Nordic Climate Solutions Pavilion - Section DEL2, Blue Zone, COP22.

The purpose of the Faroe Island case study is to convert the heat supply system in the city of Leirvík from fossil fuels to a more sustainable energy system. The future should involve smart energy solutions such as energy storage and electricity based heat production systems. The three project scenarios in this case involves both individual solutions along with common heating systems. The case should show how to put together a heat supply system for a sparsely populated area such as Leirvík.

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) can act as lighthouses by transforming their costly oil-based power generation towards renewable energy, addressing at the same time affordability and climate change. IRENA will offer an introduction to the SIDS Lighthouses Initiative launched in 2014.  Lighthouses had five main objectives:

  1. Develop and implement a structured approach to island power sector transitions to high shares of renewable energy through a set of guidelines, tools and support mechanisms, thus enabling more efficient use of resources
  2. Accelerate renewable energy transitions through identification of needs and gaps, and learning from experiences on other islands
  3. Strengthen knowledge base and building of institutional capacity that can handle a rapid and profound transition
  4. Facilitate development of enabling frameworks for investment
  5. Identify funding opportunities and facilitate matchmaking between project developers and funding organisations


  • Dolf Gielen, IRENA
  • Representative from Samoa
  • Kari Mannbjørn Mortensen, Faroe Islands

Follow the live streaming from the New Nordic Climate Solutions Pavilion at COP 22:

·      Dolf Gielen, IRENA

·      Representative from Samoa

·      Kari Mannbjørn Mortensen, Faroe Islands

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See the streaming from the event here: