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27 October 2015 – Greening the Islands News: meet the Awards Jury

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Greening the Islands Awards: meet the jury

The second Greening the Islands conference, to be held in Malta on Oct 28-30, features the inaugural edition of the Greening the Islands Awards as a way to recognise viable and innovative projects. The contest has drawn a broad range of participants in the following categories:

  • Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
  • Sustainable Mobility
  • Water
  • Public Awareness Campaigns

A five-member jury has been reviewing the entries and the winners will be announced at a gala dinner at the Phoenicia Hotel, Malta, on Thursday, October 29. Here are some perspectives from the jury members:


Konstantina Toli, Senior Programme Officer, Global Water Partnership – Mediterranean: “The Greening the Island Awards highlight the importance of embracing action towards sustainable and integrated management of water resources in a fragile insular environment. They seek to stimulate and inspire new and innovative approaches to address water-related challenges and showcase solutions as good practices that can be further replicated in other islands.”

Michela Miletto – Deputy Coordinator, UN World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP): “Initiatives like Greening the Islands contribute to strengthen the assessment of water resources at the global and regional level. The topic revolving around the nexus approach – water, food, energy, environment – is central to the work carried out by the United Nations World Water Assessment Programme (UN WWAP) of UNESCO and it gets even more relevant when applied to fragile ecosystems like in SIDS. UN WWAP supports this effort and is pleased to share the findings of the World Water Development Reports in the hope that these recommendations can be broadly disseminated in order to make a positive influence on the water decision-making processes in island states.”

Joeri de Ridder, Chairman of the European Association for Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles and Vice-President of the World Electric Vehicle Association: “The Greening The Islands initiative highlights the big energy-challenges but more importantly the specific options and tailor-made sustainable solutions for their local (isolated and remote) and our global problems. We are sure that this also includes the option to move more rapidly and show-case to the rest of the world that true vision and a direct, hands-on approach can lead to a much faster uptake of good solutions and direct results for its ecology and the population. Of course for electromobility in combination with the generation of renewable energy, islands have a unique opportunity to demonstrate the benefits of this transition to sustainable transport and energy generation. Islands often have very vulnerable ecosystems, distances are limited and fossil fuels are often expensive. This creates in our view indeed opportunities for large-scale demonstration of the viability of electromobility.”

Other jury members are Emanuele Taibi , Islands Energy Transition Analyst , The International Renewable Energy Agency, Senior Programme Officer for Technology and Gonzalo Piernavieja Izquierdo, of ISLENET – Network of European Islands for Energy & the Environment.

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