climate change & energy

Trends in electricity production – December 2021

According to the latest monthly data for the interconnected electricity network from ADMIE (December 2021): Lignite hit a new record low. Despite the increased demand in 2021 compared to 2020 (+5%) and the spike in fossil gas prices, especially in the second half of 2021, electricity production from lignite decreased by 6.7% in 2021 compared to 2020, while relative to 2019 the decrease almost reached 50% (-49%).

Climate-neutral power generation by 2035?

On the occasion of Germany’s commitment to zero emissions in the electricity sector by 2035, Nikos Mantzaris analyzes the prospects for similar commitments from Greece and other European countries in an article in energypress published on January 17, 2022.

Why EastMed is not a sustainable project

Comment by Nikos Mantzaris in an article by Theodore Chondrogiannos for Investigate Europe and Reporters United, which analyzes why the EastMed pipeline that will transfer fossil gas from Israel to Europe is not a sustainable project.

Greece’s coal phase out enters shaky ground

Statement by Nikos Mantzaris in the article by Ilias Tsagas in pv magazine regarding the decision of the Ministry of Environment and Energy to allow lignite plants to operate in derogation beyond their planned retirement and exceeding EU emission limits.

Lignite derogations

Opinion article by Nikos Mantzaris regarding the ministerial decision to grant derogations to lignite plants which allow them to emit above legal limits and operate beyond the official retirement timeline.

After COP26: Challenges and open questions

Nikos Mantzaris participated in an online event of the Hellenic branch of the International Law Association (ILA), titled “Leaving Glasgow (COP 26): The new challenges for the goal of climate neutrality” on December 16, 2021.