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News article5 September 2023European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency

Call for Applicants: Empowering islands for energy independence

Clean Energy for EU Islands Secretariat is seeking to identify and support 30 islands in achieving complete energy independence through 100% renewable sources by 2030. Call for applications deadline extended up to 6 September 2023, 23:59 (CET).


The EU aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, and islands play a crucial role in this endeavour.

With the interest growing among EU islands, the call for applications "30 Renewable Islands by 2030" has extended its deadline to 6 October 2023.

Who is eligible?

Islands located in EU Member States, Outermost Regions, and Overseas Countries and Territories with a maximum area of 30,000 km2 are eligible.

For this guide, “island” goes to both an island or a group of islands.

Why should islands aim towards becoming 100% RES islands?

Transitioning to 100% renewable energy islands offers numerous benefits, including decarbonization, economic development, and local stakeholder engagement.

Some islands have made significant progress in becoming renewable energy islands, with Samsø serving as a guiding example of ambition, planning, and implementation. The "100% RES island by 2030" vision aims for all locally produced energy to come from renewable sources, including electricity, heat, and fuel for transport. Achieving this goal requires a combination of renewable energy adoption and efficient energy production, transportation, and utilization. The Clean Energy for EU Islands secretariat has been created to help the islands with this process.


Submit your application online by 6 September 2023, 23:59 (CET), and ensure your island's commitment to a sustainable, renewable energy future. 

The application is composed of three main parts:

I. Applicant(s) information

II. Details on requested Technical Assistance

III. Required/optional documents

Not all documents are mandatory in the application phase. Mandatory documents:

  • Application form online.
  • Letter of Commitment for each member of the island transition team (please find a template here).
  • Declaration of honour 

Optional documents:

  • Letters of support from relevant stakeholders (please find a template here.
  • Strategic documents and plans supporting existing potential projects, such as a SECAP or CETA.

Documents if applicable:

  • Already existing studies/project documents/relevant licences.
  • Map of the island with indicated project location.

Applicants are encouraged to prepare the answers in advance and paste them on the online form as a last step in the application.

More information here.