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International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Renewables and Islands Global Summit

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Highlights for Thursday, 6 September 2012
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The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Renewables and Islands Global Summit opened on Thursday, 6 September in Malta. George Pullicino, Minister for Resources and Rural Affairs, Malta, welcomed participants, noting that island states share a common vision of implementing renewable energy technology amidst limited financial resources and geophysical restrictions. Adnan Amin, Director-General, IRENA, said that the energy challenges faced by islands are severe and renewable energy is economically and commercially viable. Throughout the day, four plenary panel sessions took place with presentations and general discussions.

A high-level panel addressed the implications of the Rio+20 outcome document on sustainable islands development and renewable energy. Panelists included: Darcy Boyce, Minister, Prime Minister’s Office, Barbados; Abdulmatheen Mohamed, Minister of State for Environment and Energy, Maldives; George Pullicino, Minister for Resources and Rural Affairs, Malta; Riddell Akua, Minister for Utilities, Nauru; Rolph Payet, Minister of Environment and Energy, Seychelles; Kausea Natano, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Communication and Public Utilities, Tuvalu; and Adnan Amin. An expert panel on island energy trends and strategies also took place in the morning, with five presentations addressing specific energy challenges and opportunities, and strategies to address them.

In the afternoon, strategic partnerships for renewable energy in islands were discussed, with presentations on national programmes and experiences with public-private partnerships and incentives for mobilizing private financing from Cape Verde, France, Germany, New Zealand, United States, UNDP and Saudi Arabia. The last panel session of the day focused on enabling frameworks for investment and provided the private sector’s perspective on opportunities and barriers to invest in renewable energy, with presentations by representatives of EDF, Hitachi, Vergnet, Youmicos AG and Enemalta Corporation.

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High-level panel on Rio+20 outcome document. From L-R: Elizabeth Thompson, Executive Coordinator, Rio+20; Darcy Boyce, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Barbados; Abdulmatheen Mohamed, Minister of State for Environment and Energy, Maldives; George Pullicino, Minister for Resources and Rural Affairs, Malta; Riddell Akua, Minister for Utilities, Nauru; Rolph Payet, Minister of Environment and Energy, Seychelles; Kausea Natano, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Communication and Public Utilities, Tuvalu; Adnan Amin, Director-General, IRENA
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Adnan Amin, Director-General, IRENA
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George Pullicino, Minister for Resources and Rural Affairs, Malta
Elizabeth Thompson, Executive Coordinator, Rio+20
Abdulmatheen Mohamed, Minister of State for Environment and Energy, Maldives
Darcy Boyce, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Barbados
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Rolph Payet, Minister of Environment and Energy, Seychelles
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Riddell Akua, Minister for Utilities, Nauru
Kausea Natano, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Communication and Public Utilities, Tuvalu
Tabita Butros Sokai, State Minister of Electricity and Dams, Sudan
Javad Amin-Mansour, Iran
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Raymond Nurse, Grenada
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Robert Ichord, United States
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Group photo of the delegates.
Highlights for Friday, 7 September 2012

On 7 September, the final day of the IRENA Renewables and Islands Global Summit, participants reconvened in a morning session and heard presentations on best practices and challenges in deploying renewable energy in islands. Presentations showcased experiences from Denmark, Iceland, Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Galapagos Islands, French island territories, Grenada and Tonga. IRENA presented IRENA’s Renewables Readiness Assessments.

In an afternoon session moderated by Elizabeth Thompson, Executive Coordinator, Rio+20, participants discussed and adopted the Malta Communiqué on accelerating renewable energy uptake for islands, which includes proposed actions for future IRENA assistance to islands.

In the closing remarks, George Pullicino, Minister for Resources and Rural Affairs, Malta, congratulated delegates on the successful meeting and praised their action-oriented participation and collaborative spirit. Adnan Amin, Director-General, IRENA, said the meeting reflected IRENA’s approach of encouraging wide participation and thanked island and non-island state participants for their engagement. He noted that the experiences shared during the Summit show that island states can lead the way in transformational change supported by renewable energy. The Summit closed at 5:11 PM.

A summary of the meeting will be available on 10 September 2012.

Showcasing Islands Solutions: Best Practices and Challenges in Deploying Renewable Energy
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From L-R: Søren Hermansen, Denmark;Jose Brito, Cape Verde; Adnan Amin, Director-General, IRENA; Alpidio Armas González, Spain; Benedikt Höskuldsson, Iceland, during the session.

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Adnan Amin, Director-General, IRENA, moderated the session.
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Alpidio Armas González, Spain
David Pérez Méndez-Castrillón, Spain
Søren Hermansen, Denmark
Benedikt Höskuldsson, Iceland
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Delegates discsussing before the start of the second day.
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Delegates enjoying their coffee break by the Mediterranean sea.
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Delegates conversing.
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Participants networking during coffee break.
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From L-R: Gauri Singh, IRENA; Raymond Nurse, Grenada; Adnan Amin, Director-General, IRENA; Nicolas Buriez, EDF; Pablo Carvajal, Ecuador, during the session.

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Raymond Nurse, Grenada
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Pablo Carvajal, Ecuador
Nicolas Buriez, EDF
Gauri Singh, IRENA explained IRENA’s Renewables Readiness Assessments
Inoke Vala, Tonga
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Delegates discussing.
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Delegates conversing during lunch break.
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