Ecology

Ecology

The work of Heinrich Böll Foundation Greece in the field of Ecology revolves around just energy transition and environmental sustainability. Our goal is to encourage decision makers and public administrations at local, regional and national levels to establish policies and implement measures in cooperation with our partners, and to empower civil society actors to advocate and engage in activities for a democratic, ecological transformation of Greek society and economy towards social justice and gender equality.

Die Energiewende in den Kommunen

WERKSTATTGESPRÄCH

Tausende europäische Kommunen und Regionen nehmen die Energiewende selbst in die Hand. In Griechenland wird sich dieser Trend in den kommenden Jahren voraussichtlich beschleunigen. Im Rahmen der 8. Deutsch-Griechischen Versammlung veranstalten wir am 2. November ein Werkstattgespräch über die Rolle der Kommunen bei der Beschleunigung der dezentralen Energiewende.

 

This newsletter informs you regularly about news, events and activities of the Heinrich Boell Foundation Greece.

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Energy Transition

Fossil-Fuel Doublespeak

On paper, almost every government in the world is committed to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions and keeping global temperatures limited to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. But too many governments, parroting the oil and gas industry's misleading claims, are actually supporting the expansion of fossil fuel production.

Lignite in the Greek Energy System

This publication gathers the key facts around Lignite and presents the challenges for a post-lignite era in Greece and highlights the contribution of Greece in tackling climate change and the need to decouple from fossil fuels. It also comlements the international tribute edition Coal Atlas: Facts and Figures on a Fossil Fuel, of the foundation in Germany, with the Greek situation.

Shifting to a decentralized energy model based on the investment of many in the field of renewables while ensuring that no society group is left behind in the process, is expressed by the concept of Just Energy Transition that stands on two pillars; community energy and energy efficiency. Community energy is in its infancy in Greece while there is huge untapped potential for energy savings in Greece. In addition, improving the energy efficiency of buildings is the most sustainable solution to tackling energy poverty, meeting climate goals, creating jobs etc. Lastly, lignite continues to play a major role in the power sector of Greece despite its low calorific value and relatively high cost. Raising awareness about good practices and benefits of community-owned renewable energy projects, enhancing the linkage between energy efficiency and community energy to tackle energy poverty and facilitating the knowledge exchange and collaboration with German agencies, institutes and experts on phasing-out coal fall under the interests of our office.

Energy Cooperatives

Energy Poverty

Sustainability

Under the pressure of the financial and political crisis and the acute social problems environmental issues were undermined especially among society groups who struggle to cope with basic needs. Low levels of awareness over pollution and mismanagement of key resources (air, water and land) is linked to a widespread lack of responsible consumers’ culture. Nonetheless, the constantly degrading status of the environment continues to affect public health (e.g. fatal air-quality related conditions, natural disasters such as floods proving fatal) while the economic consequences are dire. Hence, there is the clear need to raise public awareness through various mediums (participation in conferences, campaigns, capacity building activities, exchange with international actors etc) on the future of resources, with the goal to alter consumers behaviours towards a more sustainable, efficient and ecologically friendly direction.

Publications

Lignite in the Greek Energy System

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Overview of Lignite in Greek energy system, data and challenges for the transition to a post-lignite era and the utilising of the wealth of renewable sources in the country.

Sustainability and Culture

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The international conference "Sustainability and Culture: Sustainable Cultural Management" took place on 19 and 20 April 2013 in Thessaloniki, Greece and was organised by the Goethe-Institut Thessaloniki, the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Greece and the European theatre network Mitos21. The conference was intended to shed light on yet another aspect of a very fertile perception of contemporary reality; sustainability.

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