Windfarm on Inishmore, Aran Islands, Ireland. The Aran Islands are amongst 26 EU islands which officially launched their clean energy transition in February 2019. The Aran Islands are dependent on expensive and polluting fuels for electricity production, heating and transport, and is connected to the national grid. A fault in the line in 2016 underlined the islands’ energy dependency which re-ignited conversation about carbon-neutrality and renewable energy generation.
“The objective of the Clean Energy for EU Islands Secretariat is to help as many European islands as possible embark on and advance their clean energy transition in a way that includes the whole island and its stakeholders. Based on experience with successful transition processes, the key to success is to involve all levels of governance of the islands - citizens, municipalities, local businesses, universities and schools – as well as relevant stakeholders from the mainland and bring them on board to actively support and shape their own transition.” https://ec.europa.eu/info/news/26-european-islands-launch-clean-energy-transition-2019-feb-18_en