While the EU may be made up of 28 Member States, the number of islands within the union runs into the thousands, dotted around the seas of the North Atlantic to the Mediterranean. While climate and cultures may vary, many of the issues faced by these islands – such as achieving energy efficiency – are much the same. This is why the European PROMISE Project – launched in June 2011 and funded by the European Commission under the Intelligent Energy – Europe (IEE) programme – has promoted energy savings among households on four target islands. By sharing information and experience, energy agencies from EU members Samsø (Denmark), Rhodes (Greece) and Tenerife (Spain), along with Iceland, aimed to promote tried-and-tested methods for reducing the energy consumption of households. In the frame of this project, the energy agency from Tenerife (Agencia Insular de Energía de Tenerife) carried out an awareness campaign in the island of Tenerife that lasted 18 months targeting households and the islands’ energy policy makers to promote energy efficiency behaviour among households of the island.
• no EE policy public sector strategic goals with defined targets at national level
• Consumer information and empowering programme (Art. 12)
• lack of in-house expertise about communication (Art. 12)
• lack of mobilization of the elected representatives (Art. 12)