Sustainable Energy Action Plans in Support of the Islands Pact
DAFNI, the Network of Sustainable Aegean Islands, participated in the European ISLE-PACT programme, the aim of which was to develop action plans for the European islands to reduce CO2 emissions by 20% and the completion of relevant projects.
Further to the DAFNI network, 11 other organisations from the Western Isles (Scotland), Gotland (Sweden), Madeira and the Azores (Portugal), the Baleares and the Canarias (Spain), Malta, Sardinia (Italy), Samsø (Denmark), Crete and Cyprus participated in the project.
The main objectives of the ISLE-PACT project were:
- To achieve the overall objective of reducing CO2 emissions by 20% by 2020;
- The political commitment of participants by signing the Pact of Islands, whereby they undertake to implement programmes, actions and investments in order to achieve the objectives of the project;
- To determine Financially Sustainable Projects for implementation;
- To suggest mechanisms and financing methods for investors which will ensure the implementation of the projects proposed;
- To raise public awareness in island regions as regards combating climate change;
All European islands were invited to participate in the Pact of Islands, signing the relevant declaration. Participants worked closely together with the European Commission, experts and financing institutions to identify and develop Island Sustainable Energy Action Plans, the implementation of which will contribute to the achievement of the 20-20-20 Climate Change Package targets. Fifteen member islands of the DAFNI Network as well as the Northern and Southern Aegean Regions signed the Pact.