08 November 2022 - Final event

Climate Change, Energy Crisis, and Greece's Net-Zero Transition

Recently, the European Union (EU) revisited its climate ambitions, aiming to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. It is also on the verge of harmonising its roadmap with this ambitious objective, with the first milestone being a -55% emissions reduction by 2030. With its recent Climate Law as a starting point, Greece will soon have to also revisit its national energy and climate plan, in this new European direction. At the same time, the EU's plan for responding to today's energy crisis and eliminating its dependency on Russian fossil fuels, since the Ukraine invasion in February 2022, explicitly mentions accelerating new renewable energy projects, diffusing energy efficiency measures, and diversifying its energy supply portfolio. However, many European leaders have so far sought solutions in currently available "grey" resources as well as in new fossil-fuel investments. In Greece, this translates to reprioritisation of lignite and bold investments into new fossil fuels, notably liquefied natural gas, opening many questions regarding the country's climate ambition in the near future.

Any effort to respond to these questions, regarding national climate action and green transition in the light of today's energy crisis, must be socially acceptable. Ideally, citizens should be given the stand to co-produce the national strategy, be informed and express their views on the alternatives, and co-own Greece's green transition.

In the context of PARIS REINFORCE, the project coordinator (National Technical University of Athens, NTUA) and the Society for the Environment and Cultural Heritage co-organised a national conference on "Climate change, the Energy Crisis and Greece's Net-Zero Transition", on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, giving the opportunity to stakeholders from industry, academia, government, and the civil society to get informed, discuss, raise concerns, and help decide the way forward.

The conference included four sessions, during which the consortium presented findings from the PARIS REINFORCE project and discussed issues regarding the national plan towards dealing with the energy price shocks, the value of energy democracy in the long-term transition, the role of business in today's energy crisis, and the potential lying in renewables (and especially wind energy) in a socially just and environmentally effective pathway to net-zero.

Here you may find the event agenda, while the presentations are available below:

Keynote speeches & Discussion

- Athanasios Dagoumas (RAE - Regulatory Authority for Energy) - Climate change, energy crisis, and the green transition

- Haris Doukas (NTUA - National Technical University of Athens) - Confronting the energy crisis

Session 2: Energy Democracy and Green Transition

- Dimitris Kollias (PPC - Public Power Corporation) - Energy democracy and the green transition

- Alice Corovessi (INZEB - Initialising Energy Balance towards Zero) - Energy poverty in Greece

Session 4: The diffusion of RES and the case of wind plants

- Vassiliki Pougkakioti (ELLET - Society for the Environment and Cultural Heritage) - In principle

- Alexandros Nikas (NTUA - National Technical University of Athens) - The role of RES in the green transition (and recovery) in Greece and the EU

Greek survey results

- Tasos Vasiliou (Prorata) - Greek perceptions, attitudes, and behaviour on climate change and the energy crisis


The header photo, by Giorgos Vitsaropoulos, belongs to the Acropolis Museum, straight from the museum's website (http://www.theacropolismuseum.gr/).