Energy Transition

Energy Transition

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.

Die Energiewende in den Kommunen


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.


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Lignite & Coal

Lignite Greece problem

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.

Online Dossier

Lignite in the Greek Energy System


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.

The publication "Lignite in the Greek Energy System" is available in pdf

All the  graphs and texts are licensed  under Creative Commons license CC-BY-NC-SA.

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Energy Povery in Greece

Energy poverty in Greece today

Energy poverty is beginning to be acknowledged worldwide as a social problem of increasing importance and serious impact on the health of millions of people. In the last years in Greece, public awareness concerning this phenomenon is emerging, but neither a clear definition nor specific indicators for monitoring the phenomenon are yet put in place by the responsible authorities. The study published in Greek by the Heinich Böll Foundation Greece contributes to fill this gap. Read the executive summary in english.

2nd workshop on energy poverty and green social innovation in Greece

Energy poverty constitutes a serious social problem in many European countries with multiple effects both on health and on the overall poverty, and affects more than 100.000.000 European citizens. On Wednesday 29 June 2016, the 2nd workshop took place on “The status of Energy Poverty in Greece and the contribution of green and social innovation to address the problem”. The main objective of the workshop was the exchange of views and ideas with national and EU stakeholders.