The project "White Paper for Cyprus" intended to facilitate the implementation of the European Community’s key-policies for RES and RUE integration in the Republic of Cyprus who joined the European Union in May 2004. A precondition for its accession to the EU was compliance with the union’s energy policies and environmental commitments, which is why the Republic of Cyprus was chosen for this pilot action. In addition, Cyprus presented a particular interest because its energy system is both vulnerable and non-sustainable as shown by the following characteristics:
Although unique in their combination, the above described characteristics are very often encountered in other Mediterranean regions and EU islands. Thus, Cyprus was given the opportunity to play an intermediate link in the “learning” process that is systematically promoted in the field of RES and RUE within the EU. This means that Cyprus could rely on the experience gained in other similar geographical units, like Crete, Tenerife, Sardinia and at the same time serve as an example to further disseminate “good practices” in other regions and islands within the enlarged EU.
The International Conference - RES and RUE for Islands - Sustainable Energy Solutions took place in Larnaca, Cyprus, on 30 and 31 August 2004. It was the the follow-up conference to the conference on Islands in Crete. It was a very successful conference with many participants, including participants from islands such as Tenerife, Crete and Cuba. It was a two-day event that mainly aimed at demonstrating the possible sustainable energy solutions for islands. In addition the most recent R&D research in RES and RUE, as well as the most successful policies and local initiatives undertaken to solve islands specific energy needs, were presented.
24 months (1st September 2002 – 31st August 2004)