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As the world addresses diverse and challenging questions related to energy production and supply, Greece plays a pivotal role in charting Europe’s energy map, emerging as a strategic energy hub. Situated at the southeast part of Europe, Greece is an energy gateway to the East and West.
Today the Greek energy market is undergoing fundamental reforms:
The energy markets are under liberalisation schemes. Domestic and cross boarder networks are being created, extended or simply enhanced and output by Renewable Energy Sources is growing fast. Production and supply are being separated from transmission networks, fossil-fuel generated electricity is dropping and energy efficiency in terms of security, economy and environmental protection continues to top the energy agenda.
Renewable Energy Sources (RES) means renewable non-fossil energy sources: wind, solar, geothermal wave, biomass/biofuel, tidal, hydro-electric power, landfill gas, sewage treatment plant gas and biogases as defined by Directive 2001/77/EC.
The development of Renewable Energy Sources has been among the major energy policy lines of Greece for the last decade. It is seen as an important contribution to the improvement of the Greek environmental indicators and, in particular, to the abatement of CO2 emissions. In 2009, the renewables accounted for 18% of primary energy production. The national target is to achieve 20% contribution of the energy produced from RES to the gross final energy consumption by 2020.
Legal and financial incentives are the tools of the government’s strategy to support renewable energy technology (RET) investments.
• Ai Stratis: The Green Isle
• Pioneer Power Plant on Ikaria Island
• World’s Largest Airport Photovoltaic Plant Inaugurated
• Greece 4th in Europe in 2012 in photovoltaic potential
• Environment Matters