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9-10 December: OCTs representatives pave the way for sustainable energy islands

11 December 2019

OCTs representatives pave the way for sustainable energy islands

The Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) Association held a workshop on sustainable energy on December 9 and 10 in Brussels.

As marine territories, OCTs face growing challenges with the climate change, including with increased exposure to floods and category 5 hurricanes. Besides, as islands, OCTs have specific needs and challenges as regards their supply and use of energy, and how to adapt to the Green deal and other EU initiatives, such as the Blue Ocean ones where OCTA also participated together with the EC in the framework of the COP 25.
Their geographic situation sets them apart and make them particularly dependent on natural resources import (especially fossil fuel). In the context of increasing scarce resources, increasing energy needs and climate change, it is essential to make OCTs more energy self-reliant notably by completing a transition to renewable sources and technologies. In this area, OCTs hold great opportunities. They are ideal test labs to develop and implement innovative energy technologies. They can thus serve as energy transition models for larger territories. They have natural assets which can be turned as a source of energy (wind, sun, biomass and marine). Citizens, local businesses and authorities contribute to develop sustainable energy systems, de facto creating “energy communities” as a key component of success.

The Energy topic has become a priority in OCTs, in this context OCTA organised a workshop on sustainable energy. The objective of the workshop was to allow a discussion between energy technical experts on topics of common interests. It was also to present the progresses made by OCTs in the implementation of the Energy Roadmap signed in 2015 and to a larger extent in their clean energy transitions. Finally, it served to make recommendations for the Summit that will be held in 2020. The workshop gathered OCTs experts as well as key partners such as the European Commission.