The first ever Clean Energy for All European Islands forum will take place on 22 September in Chania, Crete.

It will mark the launch of the Clean Energy for All European Islands Initiative, which aims to help the more than 2700 islands in the EU reduce high energy costs and challenges regarding energy security, make more use of renewables, and develop innovative energy systems.

The forum will include discussion sessions on decarbonising islands in the EU and obtaining financing for this. It will also feature two roundtables showcasing existing best practices and innovative projects in the areas of renewables, research and innovation, and energy efficiency. The forum marks a first opportunity for EU islands and existing EU initiatives to share, learn, and work collaboratively towards the creation of a long-term framework to promote funding and technical assistance to the clean energy transition on EU islands.

This inaugural forum is an important deliverable from the 'Clean Energy for All Europeans' package and the Political Declaration on Clean Energy for EU Islands signed in Valletta by the European Commission together with 14 Member States (Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden) on 18 May 2017.