Greece on the path towards becoming a renewable energy hub

Greece on the path towards becoming a renewable energy hub

In order to increase well-being and prosperity, as well as ensure that current and future generations are able to enjoy a healthy environment, makes protecting the environment is imperative. Countries like Greece have numerous environmental challenges they need to address. Some key challenges include high reliance on fossil fuels, air pollution in urban areas, waste management as well as water extraction in some areas.

In line with the OECD average, Greece’s greenhouse gas emissions (per unit of GDP) have consistently declined in recent years, putting Greece on track to meet its environmental goals, towards zero net emissions. Recently, Greece’s National Energy and Climate Plan 2021–30 was announced, phasing out lignite electricity generation by 2028 and reducing carbon-intensive activities, but Public Power Company (PPC) has even more ambitious goals, closing all its lignite power plants by 2023.

Specifically, Greece’s energy mix is accelerating its shift from lignite and oil to natural gas and a variety of renewable energy sources. This is partly driven by the rapid increase in the competitiveness of renewable energy technologies. In fact, according to BNEF, sourcing power from new onshore wind or solar power is more cost-effective compared to lignite or gas. Not only that but also it has become cheaper to build a new wind or solar power plant from the ground up than to run existing lignite assets, due to decreasing renewables costs. A very important fact reflecting this situation is that according to Greenpeace, on June 8th and 9th 2020, for almost two days, no lignite energy was produced to meet the energy needs of Greece.
Renewable energy in Greece

The usage of renewable energy sources has been impressively increasing since 2009, mainly explained by a considerable increase in wind and solar photovoltaics energy production plants, playing a crucial role in decreasing CO2 emissions per unit of GDP in Greece.
Noteworthy is the fact that in 2018, renewable energy sources accounted for 13% of total energy supply and 31% of electricity generation, which is higher than the respective average proportions reported by the OECD (10% & 26%). This is proof that Greece is on the right path of reaching important milestones, as the National Energy and Climate Plan 2021–30 set out the ambitious goal of 35% of the share of renewables over gross final energy consumption by 2030.

Energy Investor Interest
Currently, there is considerable interest from investors in obtaining up to 49% of HEDNO, the sole electricity distribution network operator in Greece. But investor interest does not only come from domestic investors. It also captures the interest of foreign investors who are increasingly interested in investing in Greece and its renewable energy capabilities.

In fact, Greece’s energy transition in the power sector has the potential to attract up to $33 billion in new investments by 2050.
Of this, 92% is expected to be allocated to zero-carbon technologies. Interestingly, a forecasted $3 billion will be brought in as new investment specifically in small and utility-scale batteries between 2030–2050.

Greece towards a renewable energy hub
To sum up, Greece has high competitive advantages attracting interest in renewable energy projects. The opportunities are endless for setting up renewable energy parks sourcing sustainable energy from wind, solar, and other renewable sources.

 

Travelling to Greece while having got passport stamped at Ercan Airport in Northern Cyprus

i am an EU citizen and was wondering if i was going to travel to Greece would the authorities in Greece have any problems with Ercan Airport stamp in my passport? Or perhaps i should just show them my ID card instead?

denial of entry – Can I travel to Greece with a criminal record?

In Europe, Rehabilitation (penology) – Wikipedia is the primary goal of the penal policy.

In general, once the sentence has been served, you are again considered a member of society (i.e. you are not considered a criminal until the Kingdom comes).

The general criteria is whether the foreigner ‘endangers public safety’ or not.

Short term stays will be treated differently than long term stays (residence).

In German law §54 Interest in expulsion – AufthG, will give you an idea what is understood under the general term ‘endangers public safety’. Assume this will differ slightly depending on the jurasdiction.

For short term stays, in your case a visa free entry, a border guard may see what is on record and make a determination if you are presently considered a person that ‘endangers public safety’.

Just because this may have been the case in the past, does not necessarily mean that it is presently.

The overall circumstances will be the base on any final decision.

Can I travel to Greece with criminal record?

In Europe, Rehabilitation (penology) – Wikipedia is the primary goal of the penal policy.

In general, once the sentence has been served, you are again considered a member of society (i.e. you are not considered a criminal until the Kingdom comes).

The general criteria is whether the foreigner ‘endangers public safety’ or not.

Short term stays will be treated differently than long term stays (residence).

In German law §54 Interest in expulsion – AufthG, will give you an idea what is understood under the general term ‘endangers public safety’. Assume this will differ slightly depending on the jurasdiction.

For short term stays, in your case a visa free entry, a border guard may see what is on record and make a determination if you are presently considered a person that ‘endangers public safety’.

Just because this may have been the case in the past, does not necessarily mean that it is presently.

The overall circumstances will be the base on any final decision.

Gambling links in articles on websites with Cyprus and Greece traffic

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uk citizens – Overstayer in Greece to apply for passport

I’m fully Greek and my son is British. We came back in Greece for a long stay, until end of October. My son’s 90 days are up 3rd of June.
We do have an appointment at the Special Registry of Athens(only place to register births outside of Greece) end of July, and subsequently we will apply for a Greek passport. By that time he will be an overstayer.

What do I do? Do I go back to the UK and apply for citizenship through an embassy or overstay and apply from here?
In the latter case, are there any legal implications?

Greece Residence / SA Passport / Rep Ireland Visitation

I have a residence status from Greece but have a South African Passport. May I go to Rep Of Ireland without my spouse?

history – In Crete, Greece around mid-late 1940’s photos with the stamped on the back “A M Crown Copyright Reserved”?

I have a few old photos from about the mid to late 1940’s in Crete, Greece (the civil war occurred during the time). There is a specific stamp on the back of two photos which is marked A M Crown Copyright Reserved. Any guesses why only the children were photographed by the British photographers?

One photo is a family (my relatives) who were kids and teenagers then, standing close together looking straight into the camera as if they were told to stand like that with their arms down next to their sides. They were not smiling. And a few looked “concerned” in the photos. Before recently, I thought it was a “family” photo. But now I am not so sure. Maybe it was a family photo.

Furthermore, the other small picture I have with the same stamp on the back is only of the small boy from the other photo. He is standing in front of some kind of painted or printed mural on a cloth backdrop that shows a scene of a column, stairs, stair rails, and a wooden look image in the back of a wall.

I did some research and all I could find is that the British forces and photographers were in Greece at that time and it wasn’t the best of times.

I found this info:
“The A crown M was the copyright mark of the Air Ministry, now ministry of Defence.
I was a photographer in the RAF and all photographs had to be stamped on the reverse
https://www.ephotozine.com/forums/topic/crown-c…”

italy – Scenic road-trip route from Athens, Greece to Hull,U.K

I currently live in Cyprus and will be returning home to the U.K in June. I am planning a road trip on my motorcycle leaving on the new Cyprus to Piraeus ferry. I would like suggestions of an interesting route home finishing with catching the Zeebrugge to Hull ferry. I have between 2-4 weeks to do the trip and would like to spend some time in Italy and ride across the Alps as part of the journey. I would welcome any suggestions to interesting routes.

covid 19 – Is everyone coming from the UK tested on arrival in Greece? If tested, do you need to self-isolate?

The section on “Protocol for air arrivals” at https://travel.gov.gr states:

Depending on their QR code/confirmation, travelers are directed either to the screening area where they will be tested for the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 by a trained health team or to the exit (to baggage claim area or passport control).

Is the criteria for testing publicly available or otherwise known? Are arrivals from the UK subject to testing?

It also says:

The test results are expected to become available within 24 hours. During that time, passengers who are tested are advised to practise social distancing according to local guidelines and self monitoring for symptoms that could indicate COVID-19.

Does this mean you don’t need to self-isolate if you’re tested, and are free to go out even in the first 24 hours provided you don’t develop symptoms and practice social distancing otherwise?