Islands and energy islands in the EU energy system

The aim of the study is to define basic principles of an energy-environment-economy strategy for European islands. The principles are among others useful for the cost-benefit assessments that accompany the funding of projects with European Union involvement. The goal of the study is to assess the added value of carrying out specific policies as well as research and innovation (R&I) actions – both dedicated specifically to islands.

The main focus envisaged for such actions covers:

• An increased used of local renewable energy sources;
• Decarbonisation of the transport system on the island and from the mainland to the island;
• An optimised energy system designed / retrofitted to the needs of the island and using synergies between the different networks (e.g. heating and cooling, transport), including assets for the storage of energy and potentially relation with the water network.

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