Diminuer la dépense énergétique du territoire. Le rendre plus propre face aux défis environnementaux. C’est tout l’enjeu de formations mises en place sur l’archipel. Public visé en priorité : les ouvriers du bâtiment et les artisans.Lire la suite
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.
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 €.
Green Aruba conference 16th to 17th November 2017
Jibri Lewis, an Anguillian student studying at MIT, has developed his own concept for harnessing the power of ocean waves. And, it might just make its way to Anguilla for testing!
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.
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.
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
Surprisingly, Pitcairn is not only one of the remotest and most costly to supply islands in the Pacific, it is also the only one without a contribution of renewable energy to its electricity supply. A wind energy project was cancelled leaving Pitcairn with a power supply solely based on diesel imported from New Zealand. A renewable energy based hybrid system, which would replace 90 % of the diesel fuel currently used, is considered technically feasible and financially viable. It would allow reducing the island’s electricity tariffs and enhance Pitcairn’s energy security and its attractiveness as an eco-tourism destination.
At the core of the renewable energy feasibility study are intensive consultations with the local community. Given the small size of the population, it was feasible to include a high percentage of the community – both permanent island residents and contracted personnel in this process. Two formal consultation workshops have been held: An inception workshop during which objectives, methods, options and constraints were discussed with the community. On the final day of the mission, a validation workshop was held, during which the consultant presented the main findings and recommendations of the fieldwork. Recommendations were based on international best practices but also considered the specific legal and regulatory frameworks that are in place in Pitcairn. Stakeholders were encouraged to provide feedback and views on OCTA Innovation’s short-term expert’s findings and recommendation to be incorporated into the feasibility report.
Feasibility study on renewable energy in Pitcairn was done by OCTA Innovation and Gerhard H. Zieroth, short-term expert.
Councillor Leslie Jaques met today in Brussels with Milan Jezic von Gesseneck and Anne Gaelle Julian to discuss the renewable energy project funded by OCTA.