A joint article by Lefteris Ioannidis, former Mayor of Kozani, Lazaros Tsikritzis, Head of the Ecological Movement of Kozani, Michalis Petrakos, alternate member of the Panhellenic Council of the Greens and Nikos Mantzaris on the need to abandon fossil fuels and develop renewables in Western Macedonia in a just, structured and balanced fashion.
The Green Tank’s new report identifies the European funding sources that Greece and its regions will have available for the green transformation of key sectors of the economy and the transition to a sustainable future during the 2021-2027 period.
Nikos Mantzaris participated in the online event entitled “Climate Law: Preparing the Economy and Society for Change” co-organized by the Institute for Sustainable Development of the European Public Law Organization (EPLO) and the Competitiveness Council of Greece (COMPETE · GR) on Wednesday, 9 June.
On the occasion of the World Environment Day and the conclusion of Green Tank’s new report entitled “Financing opportunities for a sustainable future during the 2021-2027”, Ioli Christopoulou in an opinion piece stresses the need to make use of the unprecedented level of funding of the 2021-2027 period for the transition of Greece and its regions to a new sustainable development model.
The Green Tank delivered two lectures in the six-month Social Dynamo project for the empowerment of environmental organization of the Bodossaki Foundation.
As the lignite phase-out continues in Greece, one of the key questions to be answered is which source will replace lignite in the power mix. According to the latest data from ADMIE, the “battle” between fossil gas and RES (mainly solar and wind energy) continues. Graph 1 More specifically, although fossil gas (43%) had a larger share than RES (36%) in April, overall for the first 4 months of 2021 RES was the first energy source in Greece’s interconnected electricity network, contributing
Their concerns regarding the proposal by 10 EU Member States to reintroduce fossil gas in the revised trans-European infrastructure energy (TEN-E) regulation, expressed 50 environmental NGOs and think tanks from these Member States in their joint letter.
Nikos Mantzaris discusses with journalist Cristina Brooks the developments leading to the recent decision by PPC and the Greek government to move forward the lignite phase out by 3 years, to 2025, and how Greece’s last lignite plant, Ptolemaida 5, can be converted into a sustainable renewables-based energy storage facility providing cheaper electricity than a fossil gas plant which is currently PPC’s default plan for the post-lignite future of Ptolemaida 5.
Based on an analysis of 101 environmental permits for wind farms in Greece, the Green Tank and Nature Conservation Consultants (NCC) document differentiated approaches in the permitting process and recommend the adoption of a harmonized approach across the country. The promotion of renewable energy sources (RES) is the central tool for achieving the country’s climate and energy targets. However, especially with regard to wind energy, which is considered the most mature of RES technologies, there are recognized potential impacts, especially on
Nikos Mantzaris commented on the progress of renewables compared to other energy sources in Greece’s electricity mix as it becomes apparent from the analysis of IPTO data for the first quarter of 2021, as well as the consequences of this development, to Machie Tratsa, journalist of Finacial Post.