Science is clear: we have only a few years to mitigate the devastating impacts of the climate crisis and the loss of biodiversity. Renewable energy sources, particularly the most mature (wind and solar energy), despite their recognized impacts, will have a central role in the transition to a sustainable future.
Ιn Greece, however, the polarization of the public discourse surrounding the deployment of renewables, and particularly wind energy, is intensifying, making it difficult to find common ground and solutions. The main reason is that the discourse is not based on careful listening to the different positions in order to identify the differences, highlight the common elements and, ultimately, through sufficient interaction and consultation, allow for the emergence of synthesis and solutions.
The Green Tank in collaboration with the Heinrich Boell Foundation in Greece aims to approach this issue by giving the floor to all sides to present their opinions in a structured manner.
We recorded the viewpoints of six individuals from various sectors: energy, nature conservation, environmental non-governmental organizations, local authorities and local citizens’ movements:
- Konstantina Ntemiri, Environmental Policy Officer, Hellenic Ornithological Society
- Panagiotis Papastamatiou, CEO, Hellenic Wind Energy Association (ELETAEN/HWEA)
- George Maskalidis, Save Saos (Samothrace)
- Giorgos Anastasiou, Mayor of Thebes (Boeotia, Central Greece)
- Stavros Xirouchakis, Lab/Academic Staff, Museum of Natural History, University of Crete
- Alexandros Paraskevopoulos, Licensing & Environmental Manager, ROKAS Renewables
The participants answered the same four questions which concern varied aspects of the issue
All interviews were completed during the period February-March 2021. We present all the responses per question, without montage. In this way, we seek to encourage those who will follow this online dialogue to learn from the different aspects of the issues, to reflect and to think about the issue holistically.