The architects' contribution to the clean energy transition

The political declaration on clean energy for EU islands states that "Recognising that with their strong sense of community and their territorial potential, EU islands can be the architects of their own energy transition."

Taking this phrase literally, this session examines how the unique situation in islands – including their high energy costs, remote location, limited access to resources and materials and geographic and climatic potential - poses challenges for architecture.

How can architects contribute to the clean energy transition of EU islands? How can buildings contribute to balancing small electric systems based on renewable energy, maximise the use of local resources and contribute to a more efficient use of energy in all aspects of the life of island communities? And can the EU develop models to share with the rest of the world?

In order to discuss these issues, we are inviting three renowned European architecture firms to share their experience with designing innovative buildings and urban projects and discuss how they can be replicated and contribute to the decarbonisation of islands in the EU.