A Review of the Energy Policy and Energy Transition Objectives for 2040 in the Canary Islands (Spain)

  1. Escamilla-Fraile, Santiago
  2. Ramos-Real, Francisco J. 1
  3. Calero-García, Francisco J. 1
  4. González-Díaz, Benjamín 1
  1. 1 Universidad de La Laguna

    Universidad de La Laguna

    San Cristobal de La Laguna, España

    ROR https://ror.org/01r9z8p25


ISSN: 1996-1073

Year of publication: 2023

Volume: 16

Issue: 3

Pages: 1321

Type: Review

DOI: 10.3390/EN16031321 GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openOpen access editor

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The objective of this work is to analyze the possibility of compliance with the objectives committed to by the Canary Islands authorities, which aim to reach a completely decarbonized economy by 2040, meaning ten years earlier than the entire EU. Since historically, energy planning in the Canary Islands did not achieve its objectives by far, we will first identify the historical obstacles which had prevented the achievement of this planification, to later highlight the main differences between the energy transition foreseen by the current planning instruments of the government of the Canary Islands and the expected evolution of the energy transition of the archipelago. Beyond this point, and, within the frame of energy governance, we will understand how the root of this failure lies in planning instruments developed hierarchically, without including the view of the different stakeholders involved in the process. The final goal, after identifying the main barriers faced by the energy transition in the Canary Islands, is to provide a set of recommendations contributing to supporting a successful energy transition for the archipelago.