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PV Solar Home System on the island of Atata in Tonga. Photo by Ministry of Land, Survey and Natural Resources, Kingdom of Tonga.

Global Secretariat for Renewable Energy Islands


By Thomas Lynge Jensen, Global Island Secretariat, Denmark

The Forum for Energy and Development (FED), a Danish NGO umbrella organisation, has now established a secretariat for renewable energy islands.

This major step was based on the recommendations of the "First Global Conference on Renewable Energy Islands" in September 1999 on and in Denmark. The delegates from 22 organisations and 34 islands of the world called for a forum for the renewable energy issues of the islands. The need to develop the renewable-energy sector of island-state economies was also in line with the Program of Action agreed upon in Barbados by the 1994 "Global Conference on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS)".

6 of the 25 VERGNET SA wind turbines in the 1.5 MW wind/arm on the island of Marie-Galante in the French West Indies. Photo by ADEME Guadeloupe.

Towards the 2nd Global Island Conference

A draft Action Plan is under preparation by the Secretariat. The draft is expected to be approved at the "Second Global Conference on Renewable Energy Islands", which is scheduled for the end of this year or for early 2001, at American Samoa.

450 kW wind farm on the Cuban Island of Turiguano.

The Action Plan focuses on 3 main areas:

· Information

The Secretariat will distribute information on renewable energy developments on islands via the webpage of SIDS ( and via other relevant media. Best practises and guidelines for available technologies will be identified. Lists of experts and consultants on the development of renewable energy on islands will be compiled.

· Demonstration

Demonstration programmes for selected island states will be prepared for discussion at two workshops, one in the Caribbean and one in the Pacific.

Waiah hydroelectric plant, Island of Hawaii. Photo by Energy, Resource & Technology Division, State of Hawaii.

· Funding

Possible funding mechanisms will be investigated especially for renewable energy on island states.

The First Global Conference was arranged by the Forum for Energy and Development (FED). It was funded by the European Commission, the Danish Government, the Danish Council for Sustainable Energy, and FED.

More information:

- Proceedings, findings, and recommendations of the conference can be found at:

The price for the proceedings in print is US$ 30 postage included.

- Global Island Secretariat c/o FED/INFORSE Secretariat, Thomas Lynge Jensen, Blegdamsvej 4B, 2200 Copenhagen N, Denmark.
Ph: +45 35 24 77 13,
fax: +45 35 24 77 17,