Decarbonization of islandsSteinbeis Europa Zentrum develops Decarbonization Action Plan for Norderney
How a low-carbon and clean energy supply can succeed is demonstrated in the INSULAE project on the lighthouse islands Bornholm (Denmark) Madeira (Portugal) and Unije (Croatia). Steinbeis Europa Zentrum identified the island of Norderney as a suitable candidate for a follower island and integrated it into the EU application for the INSULAE project.
At the heart of INSULAE is the development of an investment planning tool for decarbonizing islands. The measures are intended to reduce fossil fuel consumption on the islands by an average of 11%. The tool is also being tested on the German North Sea island of Norderney. The island provides data on its infrastructures and tests the decision-making system being developed. The system maps the island's typical conditions and constraints in terms of local energy production, energy consumption as well as infrastructure, provides planning security, and informs about the possibilities of the latest smart technologies.
As a project partner, Steinbeis Europa Zentrum is supporting the island of Norderney in knowledge transfer and implementation. In cooperation with the island, it is developing an action plan for the decarbonization of the island, which will include a timetable as well as an initial investment plan. The plan will be published in the fall of 2023 together with the action plans of the other follower islands represented in the project.
As a follower island, Norderney benefits from the knowledge gained through demonstration on the lighthouse islands. The project consortium covers the entire value chain and consists of five public authorities, six energy and water utilities, four technology providers, two energy software developers, six research institutions, one NGO, one business model expert, one engineering firm, and one expert on social aspects and replication.
Project website INSULAE: Home - Insulae h2020 (insulae-h2020.eu)
„We were very pleased to participate in the EU project. Through the exchange with the other islands, we can learn a lot and accelerate our energy transition. In addition, it is our first experience with European funding. The colleagues at Steinbeis Europa Zentrum made it possible for us to participate in the project. They are helping us to use software to simulate our energy system and use it to create an investment plan for renewable energies on our island. They not only support us with the content of the project but also help us with all questions concerning the administration of the project. Without Steinbeis Europa Zentrum, we would not have been able to take the step of participating in a European innovation project.“Holger Schönemann, Managing Director Stadtwerke Norderney