How can citizens and stakeholders be engaged in the energy transition on islands? Which benefits and challenges do local parties foresee in developing renewable energy? How can we overcome such challenges? These and many more questions are the focus of the Capacity Building training sessions taking between 22 and 24 November 2023 on fellow island Lampedusa, Italy.
By organising interactive workshops and training sessions, the aim of the events is to build the capacity in local citizens and stakeholders to undertake citizen engagement activities in the local energy transition on the long term. The sessions are following a “Train-the-trainer” method tailored to the island. With this, we aim to secure a sustainable citizen engagement process that may continue beyond the scope of the IANOS project.
Three separate trainings are planned on Lampedusa: A training for employees and kids of the local school and a training for other citizens of Lampedusa on November 22 and a training for local stakeholders and informal leaders on November 24.
The training is split is two part. The first part of the sessions will include an introduction to the IANOS project, an overview of renewable energy and initiatives undertaken on Lampedusa, and an introduction to energy communities. The workshop itselfs and discussions will take place in the second part of the programme. With this interactive method, we aim to ensure that the local community can freely provide input and shape how the communities on Lampedusa can be engaged in their local energy transition.
We used the experience gained from the Samsø and Terceira workshops to replicate the Capacity Building trainings on Fellow Islands Lampedusa, Nisyros, and Bora Bora.
The training on lampedusa is organised by New Energy Coalition together with the project partners Comune Di Lampedusa E Linosa, Engineering – Ingegneria Informatica Spa New, Institute Of Atmospheric Pollution Research (IIA) – Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche (CNR).