Huge Step for Islands
1999 -Thomas Lynge Jensen - Forum for
Energy and Development in Copenhagen, Denmark
Global Secretariat for Renewable Energy Islands
The Forum for Energy and Development (FED), a Danish
NGO umbrella organisation, has now established a secretariat
for renewable energy islands.
This major step was based on the recommendations
of the “First Global Conference on Renewable Energy
Islands” in September 1999 on Ærø Island in Denmark.
The delegates from 22 organisations and 34 islands
of the world called for a forum for the renewable
energy issues of the islands. The need to develop
the renewable-energy sector of island-state economies
was also in line with the Program of Action agreed
upon in Barbados by the 1994 “Global Conference on
the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing
Towards the 2nd Global Island Conference
A draft Action Plan is under preparation by the Secretariat.
The draft is expected to be approved at the “Second
Global Conference on Renewable Energy Islands”, which
is scheduled for the end of this year or for early
2001, at American Samoa. The
Action Plan focuses on 3 main areas:
• Information The Secretariat will distribute information
on renewable energy developments on islands via the
webpage of SIDS (www.SIDSnet.org) and via other relevant
media. Best practises and guidelines for available
technologies will be identified. Lists of experts
and consultants on the development of renewable energy
on islands will be compiled.
• Demonstration Demonstration programmes for selected
island states will be prepared for discussion at two
workshops, one in the Caribbean and one in the Pacific.
• Funding Possible funding mechanisms will be investigated
especially for renewable energy on island states.
The First Global Conference was arranged by the Forum
for Energy and Development (FED). It was funded by
the European Commission, the Danish Government, the
Danish Council for Sustainable Energy, and FED.