Greece lays the foundations in the energy sector

Greece lays the foundations in the energy sector

“Our main aim is to start a dialogue that will be open and creative at all stages of the procedure so that we can come up with a National Energy and Climate Plan that all parties will agree on and, if possible, with a binding nature for all sides included in it”.

This is the goal, according to the Minister of Environment and Energy, Giorgos Stathakis, who also pointed out that this is a process that is “in close and intensive consultation with the bodies and the society” in order to be completed by the end of the year. If this is achieved, then Greece will be able to submit a full framework to the European Commission, that will dictate the moves in the energy sector in the coming years.

“The National Plan, as explained by the Chairman of the National Committee for Energy and Climate and Secretary General of Energy and Mineral Resources, Michalis Veríopoulos, will be a book with the goals and measures that will serve each one of the five pillars of the Energy Union: carbon emissions, energy efficiency, energy security and solidarity, the internal energy market, research – innovation – competitiveness.”

In this context, by 2030, the share of Renewable Energy Sources in the energy “mixture” should reach 30%, while the energy we consume to be less than 30%. Energy upgrading of public buildings plays and important role in the planning, with the use of € 2 billion of resources secured by the European Investment Bank (EIB).

EU’s goal for 2020 is to produce 10% of the energy consumed by means of mass transportation from Renewable Energy Sources (RES). In 2016, this figure in Greece was standing at only 1.4%. This is why the transport sector needs great changes. The introduction of electrical means of mass transport and the use of alternative fuels in shipping, such as liquefied natural gas and electrification in ship traffic, could be helpful innovative measures.

Finally, the main objectives are also security of supply for the country as a whole, including the islands, whose electricity interconnection with the mainland is planned to be completed by 2023 and consumer participation, with tools such as the law on Energy Communities…. / IBNA