The NESOI team stay fully operative during the current COVID-19 outbreak to provide you with the latest updates and support on the NESOI Survey.
Islands across the EU have long been frontrunners in engaging all relevant local stakeholders in their clean energy transition process. Their specific geographical situation naturally creates a need for a strong and cohesive community, and with tourism being an important asset for many islands to date, the preservation of the natural environment on islands is a key aspect of the clean energy transition.
The NESOI team is strongly committed to support islands aiming at the implementation of successful energy transition models. More so in a post COVID 19 context that poses new challenges but also important openings for islands in the quest for sustainable socio-economic development models often so dependent on one of the possibly most hit sectors: Tourism.
The EU Green Deal in the island context seems to be now more relevant than ever. Not just in terms of safeguarding the environment with the implementation of decarbonisation technologies; not only to address excessive energy production costs and mitigate energy poverty also through the creation of sustainable communities; but now also to support a swift deep repositioning of the islands’ tourism offering towards holistically sustainable value-adding business models.
In this evolving framework, Technical assistance is crucial to accelerate the expenditure and implement actionable sustainable initiatives.
The NESOI project seeks to support these communities providing concrete technical assistance activities in the face of these challenges. But to finetune our Platform, we first need to understand the needs in detail. Working from home, we therefore invite the EU islands community to carry on participating in participating in NESOI’s online survey (an offline version of the survey is also available).
So far, the survey has been distributed to approximately 600 contacts generating around 60 replies. The team is now working to structure the data to capture insights, stories and market intelligence in order to better tailor its services and support to the needs of the responding islands in view of the first open call scheduled in October 2020.
Among the preliminary data gathered over 35% of respondents said to be working on future island energy transition projects focused on electricity production from renewable energy sources, followed by energy storage (approx 10%) and electricity distribution (apporox 10 %) projects as well as various others.
We also have gained an initial idea of respondent’s technical assistance needs with the majority needing a singular for type of assistance, and out of these, economic and financial expertise is the most requested so far.
Technical assistance needs:
Despite the current global health and economic crisis, the NESOI team continues its work as best as possible to enable European islands to become the locomotives for energy transition and are happy to provide any needed assistance related to the survey until 10th April 2020.
If needed, you can contact us through the usual channels (social media or email).