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ISLENET: European Islands Energy and Environment Network

ISLENET is the European Islands Energy and Environment Network funded in part by DG XVII of the European Commission and supported at a political level by the Islands Commission of the Conference of Peripheral and Maritime Regions. The basic aim of ISLENET is to facilitate the...

ISLENET is the European Islands Energy and Environment Network funded in part by DG XVII of the European Commission and supported at a political level by the Islands Commission of the Conference of Peripheral and Maritime Regions. The basic aim of ISLENET is to facilitate the transfer of information on energy issues, generation techniques and initiatives, with a view to islands becoming less dependent on imported fuels. The network will: - Enable the rapid development of up-to-date strategies and energy planning by means of joint projects under the various programmes of the European Commission; - Help avoid duplication of research and experimentation; - Allow improved dissemination of appropriate technology and energy conservation measures to be adopted; - Act as a two-way communication link between the islands and the EU on energy and environment matters. The network has identified the following six long-term goals for a proposed Energy and Environment Charter for European Islands: - A greater local control of energy and the environment in islands; - A greater role for islands in a more rational management of energy; - The development of indigenous resources in islands; - The development of an island strategy for energy and the environment; - Progress towards a European energy and environment policy for the islands; - Provision of safeguards for island economies. Membership of ISLENET will be extended to all island authorities which are eligible to become full members of the Islands Commission of the Conference of Peripheral and Maritime Authorities. It may also be extended to associations of small islands and to other European island authorities. ISLENET is coordinated by a secretariat which is financed by the European Commission and located in the Western Isles of Scotland.