Marine Energy Workshop for OCTs

Marine Energy Workshop for OCTs

The TAF SE4ALL (EC DEVCO) and the Association of Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTA) have organised an international workshop on Marine Energy for Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs).

On the 6th of December 2017, OCT Energy representatives will attend several sessions on:

  • Marine renewable Energy: International and EU perspectives
  • Examples of marine renewable energy projects
  • Lessons learned
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Third Summit of OCT Energy Ministers

Third Summit of OCT Energy Ministers

The Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union are scattered around the globe from the poles to the tropics in areas where there is an abundance of natural energy sources such as wind, solar, thermal and marine. This enables the OCTs to position themselves as centres of excellence in the field of sustainable energy.

At this third Summit on 7th of December 2017, the OCT Energy Ministers will be able to actively participate with EU policy makers, the private sector, and other stakeholders in panel discussions on the most appropriate actions to support their transition towards a sustainable energy future.

This Summit is being organised by the Overseas Countries and Territories Association (OCTA).

Opening of the Summit:

  • Honourable Goldray Ewing, Minister of Works of the Turks and Caicos Islands, OCTA Chairmanship
  • MEP Maurice Ponga, Vice Chair of the EP’s Committee on Development
  • MEP Tonino Picula, Chair of the islands subgroup – SEARICA Intergroup
  • Mr. Denis Salord, Head of Unit OCT, DG DEVCO, European Commission

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Post doc/ doctorate positions on regional energy transitions

Post doc/ doctorate positions on regional energy transitions

The Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg’s Institute of Social Sciences is offering a unique opportunity of three positions in the field of sustainability transitions as doctoral and post-doctoral researchers:

– One post-doctoral position
– Two PhD positions

The positions are part of a research project which will analyse energy transition as a social process from a socio-economic perspective, examining how different regional, national and global actors in the wind energy sector interact, as well as which process of negotiating, norming and learning are triggered by this interaction.

All researchers will be involved both in theory development and in the empirical work. The latter includes preparing, conducting and analysing narrative interviews. Furthermore, the post-doctoral researcher will support the project leader in the scientific coordination of the project and the case studies.

The holders of the positions will have the opportunity to conduct their own research and qualification projects on topics related to the research project. The PhD students are expected to write their theses within the framework of the project.

For further information and requirements, go to this link.

 

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La recherche de locataires pour l’ile déserte

La recherche de locataires pour l’ile déserte

L’île de Quéménès est située au coeur de l’archipel de Molène dans le Finistère, à environ 9 km des côtes. Le Conservatoire du Littoral, lors de l’acquisition de l’île en 2003, dresse un bilan qui révèle les richesses naturelles et patrimoniales de l’île. Il décide alors, avec le soutien du programme Européen d’échanges insulaires INTERREG ISLA, et de nombreux partenaires publics et privés de développer un véritable laboratoire du développement durable sur l’île : restauration des bâtiments, installation d’un système de production d’énergies renouvelables (panneaux solaires, éolienne), approvisionnement et traitement de l’eau, réfection de la cale, entretien des écosystèmes, etc.

Suite à un appel à candidature, Soizic et David Cuisnier ont été sélectionnés pour y monter leur exploitation agricole, l’objectif étant que les activités de leur ferme puissent leur permettre de vivre tout en entretenant le site. Culture de pommes de terre, accueil du public en chambres d’hôtes, élevage de moutons et récolte d’algues de rives sont leurs activités principales.

La base du projet est donc de remettre en activité l’exploitation agricole, pour permettre d’entretenir le paysage de l’île, de préserver les bâtiments, de lutter contre les friches (grâce au pâturage et à la culture) et de préserver les espèces et les habitats remarquables.

Après dix ans passés sur l’île, Soizic et David Cuisnier quitteront définitivement Quéménès en janvier 2018. Le Conservatoire du Littoral a lancé un appel à projet mi-juin pour remplacer cette famille. Sur cet espace naturel classé, les nouveaux exploitants devront concilier développement d’un projet économiquement viable (la ferme insulaire s’étend sur 30 hectares et dispose d’une activité maison d’hôtes), préservation de l’environnement (faune, flore, prairie, menhirs, tumulus, fours à goémon,etc.) et l’accueil du public. Dans l’idéal, le Conservatoire espère trouver des locataires prêts à s’engager pour “une dizaine d’années” moyennant le paiement d’une redevance de 7.000 €.

Visite guidée de Quéménès

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OCTA Innovation Issue 14 / 2017 –  Pitcairn

OCTA Innovation Issue 14 / 2017 – Pitcairn

We are proud to work with Pitcairn Islands and to propel innovation in this most isolated and most remote inhabited groups of islands in the world. The four islands comprising the group (Pitcairn, Henderson, Oeno and Ducie) are situated approx. 500 km from the easternmost airport of French Polynesia on Mangareva in the Gambier group. The closest land mass is New Zealand positioned 4,500 south west of Pitcairn. Only Pitcairn itself is inhabited, with a total population of less than 100 people.

Pitcairners’ main sources of revenue are sales of handicrafts, curios, honey, stamps and coins to cruise ships or through internet marketing. Fish, fruit and vegetables are also traded with passing ships.

For Pitcairn, innovation is a way to enhance economic growth. Key opportunities for innovation in Pitcairn can be summed up as follows: steadily increasing tourist arrivals will help to boost newly established businesses such as the café, bakery and tourist accommodation; Installation of port infrastructure to welcome cruise ships and renewable energy.

Read newsletter.

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Pitcairn Signatory of Sustainable Energy Roadmap

Pitcairn Signatory of Sustainable Energy Roadmap

The Summit of OCT Energy Ministers took place in Brussels on the 16th & 17th of June 2015 in the margins of the EU Sustainable Energy Week. This first-ever Summit of OCT Energy Ministers was the setting for the adoption of an OCT wide Sustainable Energy Roadmap, facilitating the path towards lowering fossil fuel dependency and increasing energy efficiency in OCTs.

The roadmap, developed collaboratively with the energy experts in the OCTs, addresses the key strategies and actions to be implemented, complementing and promoting existing National Strategies on Sustainable Energy in each of the OCTs. With the Roadmap, the OCTs identify priority areas and demonstrate their commitment to show worldwide leadership towards a transition to fossil fuel independence.

Pitcairn as signatory of this Sustainable Energy Roadmap has decided with other OCTs to engage in a common sustainable energy strategy to significantly increase the penetration of reliable and affordable renewable energy and greatly increased energy efficiency and to use the OCT energy network to take advantage of a wealth of experiences and technology know-how from individual OCTs.

The Sustainable Energy Roadmap can be found on this link.

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Renewable energy feasibility study

Renewable energy feasibility study

In the framework of OCTA Innovation activities, short-term technical assistance was allocated to Pitcairn. Senior expert in renewable energy was sent for a feasibility study to have more than 20% of renewable energy.

Solar Diesel Hybrid is the preferred solution because:

–          It has worked well in many projects across the Pacific (Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, Fiji, FSM, Palau, Niue, Tokelau etc)

–          That is the east cost option

–          It would replace up to 95% of current diesel use

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