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Island Innovation has been accepted as a partner of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Lighthouses Initiative, which is supported and coordinated by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Our team understands how important partnerships are in building successful movements and being able to create positive change, such as working towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Island Innovation’s mission is to drive sustainable change across islands and rural areas around the world, and to help succeed in this, our team has sought to initiate and strengthen partnerships with organisations and institutions that are also guided by similar objectives.

Facilitating a rapid international switch from fossil fuel usage to renewables is a fundamental part of being able to achieve the SDGs by 2030. This includes Goal 7 to ‘ensure access to affordable, reliable sustainable and modern energy for all’, Goal 11 to ‘make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, and Goal 13 to ‘take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts’. IRENA has an outstanding record of helping countries around the world in their transition to a sustainable energy future. It promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all types of renewable energy, including solar, ocean, wind, bioenergy and geothermal energy in the pursuit of energy security and access, sustainable development, and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity. IRENA is actively engaged with more than 180 countries and has been successfully popularising renewable technologies and resources as the key to a sustainable future and helping countries achieve their potential in renewable energy usage.

Our team would like to strongly thank IRENA for accepting our organisation to assist with this important initiative. Island Innovation joins 36 SIDS partners and 30 other partners, including regional and international organisations, developed countries, private companies, development and multilateral agencies, non-profit organisations, and research institutes. Other partners include the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Solar Head of State and the World Bank.

The initiative is a framework for action to support SIDS in the transformation from fossil fuel dependence to a resilient renewables-based energy system. It focuses on all elements of the energy transition, from policy and market frameworks to mobilising investment, capacity building and technology options. The initiative is also part of facilitating IRENA’s Ambitious SIDS Climate Action Package: Accelerating Sustainable Energy in SIDS to achieve Energy Transition Targets by 2030, which you can read more about here.

When describing the progress made by SIDS so far, IRENA’s Director-General Francesco La Camera has stated that “the progress displayed by SIDS in transforming their energy systems has been truly remarkable, thanks to their strong political commitment, the significant cost reductions in renewable energy technologies and enabling solutions.” Despite the significant achievements that SIDS have already made though, he also pointed out that “continued action is needed to implement the sustainable development and climate objectives and to harness the full potential of renewable energy solutions in SIDS”.

Island Innovation is looking forward to working with IRENA and the other SIDS Lighthouses Initiative partners to continue to increase the progress already made by SIDS in their energy transitions, in addition to helping countries in their recoveries from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

You can find out more about the Small Island Developing States Lighthouse Initiative on IRENA’s website.


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