2010 analysis: main findings
The results of 2010 found that although Greece had an official climate strategy, it was only defined until 2010 and there was no binding target for greenhouse gas emissions reduction. Greece had no long-term binding greenhouse gas emission targets. In terms of implemented policies, all sectors lacked sufficiently ambitious measures, while the most important and emission-intensive sectors of industry, transport and the buildings sector were rated very low.
- Greecehas a well functioning support system for household photovoltaics (PV) (feed-in tariff at the highest possible level and administrative barriers have been removed). Moreover, a new law requires the installation of PV systems in combination with solar thermal systems in every new or completely renovated building.
- There is a lack of ambition to increase energy efficiency and renewable energy employment within industry. The restructuring of electricity prices has meant that some industries’ electricity prices have in fact decreased. Higher energy prices, through changes in the taxation system, in combination with agreements on energy efficiency improvements have proven to be successful for example in Denmark.
- Lignite is the main energy source in the Greek system - and plans to open new mines and end the monopoly of the Public Power Corporation are being considered. However, this development could seriously affect the transition of the energy sector to a low-carbon future. The Greek government should make clear that changes in the ownership of lignite producers will not undermine the shift to green sources and actions.
- The efficiency of the Greek cars, vans and trucks could be further improved.