Clean Energy Transition Agenda 

Why develop a Clean Energy Transition Agenda?

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The Island Clean Energy Transition Agenda is a strategic roadmap for the transition process towards clean energy. It is designed by the local community, for the local community. 

Starting from an examination of the current dynamics on the island, the Clean Energy Transition Agenda spells out a vision of the island that is shared by the members of the island community. The perspectives of different island stakeholders are aligned to work towards this common vision by identifying possible pathways, including common goals and effective strategies. This helps to overcome technical and financial barriers, but also barriers related to historic traditions, and cultural and social perceptions for the island’s clean energy transition by mobilising all relevant stakeholders.

Besides the Transition Agenda’s direct support to the transition process, its development also increases your visibility and broadens your network: Being part of an EU-wide network will raise awareness on your island's activities, and enable you to share your transition experiences with other islanders in order to help each other move forward effectively.


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What will the Clean Energy Transition Agenda enable you to do?

pledgevisualDeveloping a shared understanding for the transition to a future-proof clean energy system will allow you to progress in the following three areas:

Community engagement. Creating awareness and increasing involvement of local stakeholders to support a governance system that clearly defines the responsibilities and ensure local ownership of the island's transition activities.

Decarbonisation plan. The development of a decarbonisation plan which links the community's vision with concrete actions for its realization.

Financing concept. Increasing the island’s capacity to benefit from existing and new funding opportunities by developing a clear financing concept.


How to develop a Clean Energy Transition Agenda for your island?

The Clean Energy for EU Islands Secretariat recommends the following steps in the development of the Island Clean Energy Transition Agenda:

Step 1: Gathering the Transition Team
  • Get together with fellow clean energy transition enthusiasts on the island to form the transition team. This team ideally includes people from the local authority as well as representatives from community organisations, local businesses and schools/universities.
  • Make your own assessment of the current situation on the island using the Secretariat’s self-assessment matrix. This self-assessment matrix is available here.
  • Develop a writing plan for the Energy Transition Agenda. To help structure progress, this should include a time schedule and clear allocation of resources and responsibilities within the team. The size of your island has an important effect on the required resources. As a general guideline, twelve months should be sufficient to develop a Clean Energy Transition Agenda. The transition team should be able to complete the write-up in the equivalent of 3 weeks of one full-time writer.


Step 2: Mapping the Island Dynamics
  • Use the word template to describe the island in general terms (geography, economy & population).
  • Describe the island energy system using an appropriate methodology The Secretariat recommends the Covenant of Mayors methodology, guidance material for which can be found online here
  • Map the key stakeholders on the island and identify those that are most relevant for advancing your island’s clean energy transition.
  • Investigate how your island’s Clean Energy Transition Agenda relates to clean energy transition and planning processes at different governmental levels in your country.


Step 3: Developing Island Transition Paths
  • Reach out to a wide group of actors on the island to inform them about the ongoing efforts to establish an island-wide Clean Energy Transition Agenda.
  • Organise a vision workshop open to all local stakeholders to determine a shared energy vision and the responsibilities of each of the participating organisations.
  • Identify the transition pillars that are relevant for your island. These are the key topics you want to focus on for your island's clean energy transition, such as for example renewable energy, energy efficiency, mobility (transport on and to and from the island), heating & cooling etc.
  • Invite technical, community and financing experts to help develop a transition path that connects the current situation with the developed vision.
  • Agree on a monitoring strategy that will be used throughout the process.


Step 4: Monitoring the process and disseminating the results
  • Submit your Energy Transition Agenda to the Clean Energy for EU Islands Secretariat.
  • Speak about your island’s activities at our regional workshops and Clean Energy for EU Island Fora.
  • Be part of the Secretariat's engagement platform to get in touch with like-minded islanders, expert organisations and companies.
  • Monitor and update your Agenda periodically according to the defined monitoring strategy.

What are the minimum requirements for a Clean Energy Transition Agenda?

Plans, roadmaps and agendas to define pathways to decarbonisation can exist in many shapes and forms. The methodology developed by the Clean Energy for EU Islands Secretariat is one way of developing a strategic clean energy transition agenda for an island context. On the EU's more than 2,000 inhabited islands, different methods have been adapted to the local situation. The Secretariat supports the integration of the Clean Energy Transition Agenda with existing plans and studies that have been developed for and by the island. The aim of the Clean Energy Transition Agenda is to bring the planning process to the next level.


The contents of the Clean Energy Transition Agendas can vary significantly from one island to another. For example, islands that are new to transition planning tend to focus on an assessment of the current situation and developing an island-wide vision. Islands with advanced plans, on the other hand, tend to focus on developing models to support the development of their transition projects.


Islands develop the Clean Energy Transition Agenda according to their own needs. The Secretariat makes support materials available to the transition teams. Using the Secretariat's templates and tools is however not required; islands are free to use their own methodology.


For a strategic energy transition plan to be considered a Clean Energy Transition Agenda, the content requirements are described in this document.