August 29th, 2016
Blue Planet Foundation will showcase islands as climate action leaders on a world stage during an interactive workshop on September 4, 2016, at 11am, at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress. Blue Planet is partnering with IUCN Caribbean to host the two-hour workshop titled, “Windows to the Future: Islands as Innovators for a Renewable Energy Transition.”
“We are at a crossroads for how we generate and use energy on Earth,” noted Raya Salter, Blue Planet’s 100% Renewable Islands Ambassador. “Islands around the globe are serving a key role as laboratories in accelerating clean energy innovation, policy, and progress. By developing strong networks and sharing best practices, islands can be leaders in a global transition.”
The first hour of the session, moderated by Blue Planet’s Executive Director Jeff Mikulina, will feature a panel of distinguished energy experts representing island utilities, civil society, government, and industry from the Caribbean and the Pacific. The panelists—including Utu Abe Malae (American Samoa Power Authority), Frank Hoevertsz, (Utilities Aruba, Dutch West Indies), Spencer Thomas (Lead Negotiator on Climate Change, Grenada), and Ngedikes Olai Uludong (Climate Change Ambassador, Republic of Palau)—will explore how and why islands are models for 100% renewable energy adoption. They will also present case studies to illustrate the challenges and successes for island renewable energy planning. Spotlights on specific renewable energy developments in the Canary Islands and the role of electric vehicles in Japan will be presented by Luca Meini (Head of Environmental Policies, ENEL Holding), and Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima (Chairman and CEO, Tajima Motor Corporation), respectively.
The second hour of the workshop will feature an interactive solutions mapping exercise, facilitated by Blue Planet with the support of Energy Excelerator. Workshop participants will break out into groups and work with a team of coaches to develop connections between the barriers and solutions for islands transitioning to 100% renewable energy. The result will be an actionable solutions network that will be distributed to all participants post-workshop for implementation and engagement.
“The World Conservation Congress provides a perfect platform to discuss and explore solutions to our increasingly urgent climate crisis,” stated Melissa Miyashiro, Chief of Staff at Blue Planet Foundation. “Islands are poised to help illuminate the path forward.”
Media are invited to attend the workshop, and are encouraged to contact Melissa Miyashiro at [email protected] for additional details. The September 4th workshop will take place from 11am to 1pm, in Room 319A of the Hawaii Convention Center.
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