Are Smart Islands the next step to EU sustainability success?
Running an island is hard work. Sure, some like Ibiza thrive as vacation destinations and profit from tourism, but due to their insularity, many are heavily dependent on energy—especially fossil fuels. Islands are also faced with the challenge of maintaining (or creating) a sustainable local environment and ecosystem while still managing issues such as high transportation costs and pollution. With about 11 percent of the world’s population living on islands, this becomes an issue not just for tourism, but also for the actual residents.