The Municipality of Samsø and the Energy Academy have participated in the EU-project Isle Pact during the past 34 months. The project is a cooperation between 12 island regions all over Europe, of which Samsø is by far the smallest geographically speeking. Marcel Meijer, Deputy Mayor of Samsø, and the Energy Academy attended the final conference in Brussels 21. November. He represented Samsø with a presentation about the project seen from the Municipality side.
Through the Isle Pact project Samsø was supported in developing the masterplan for the Fossil free Island 2030. All participating islands have developed action plans describing how their specific island will meet the EU 2020 target of 20% renewable energy increase, 20% CO2 emissions reduction and 20% energy efficiency. If all planned actions will be implemented at the numerous European Isle Pact islands the total CO2 reductions will summarize to nearly 20 million tonnes. This amount corresponds to one third of the CO2 emissions of Denmark.
Even though the Isle Pact project is now ending, the cooperation continues in the Pact of Islands, which for the time being is signed by 65 island authorities with Samsø included. Ongoing further island authorities sign the Pact of Islands to commit to renewable energy and energy savings at their island. Every 2nd year each island has to report the European Commission how the implementation of the action plan proceeds. It is therefore a signature with obligations.
At Samsø we continue working towards the Fossil free Island in 2030. Already several local initiatives are emerging around the island. If you would like to know more about what you can do please contact Michael Kristensen at the Energy Academy.