The 1st National Stakeholder workshop of PARIS REINFORCE took place on the 28th of January 2020, in Athens, Greece. The workshop, entitled “Climate Change, Energy and the Greek Environment: What are the choices?”, was jointly organised by PARIS REINFORCE, along with the Hellenic Society for the Environment and Culture and the Convergences Greece Forum, and gave the opportunity to stakeholders from industry, government and the civil society to get informed, discuss and raise concerns on the available alternatives on climate change, energy and environmental protection.
The workshop included three sessions on “Business, Energy & Environment”, “Sustainable Energy Planning - Technologies and Policies” and “Geothermal Energy”, as well as a roundtable discussion on “Sustainable Energy Sources: Economy, Society, Environment and the case of Wind Turbines”. After the latter, an electronic poll took place in order to gather the stakeholders' perceptions on which topics they consider the most important to be further explored by PARIS REINFORCE and which factors they believe are the most impactful (either positively or negatively) towards a wide-scale deployment of renewable energy sources (RES) and the implementation of the Greek National Energy and Climate Plan. The majority of respondents was from the academic/research sector (32%), while NGOs and private sector/industry were also well represented (18% and 14% respectively). The most critical topic to further be explored were renewable energy sources and spatial planning (73%), while increased interest was also given to behavioural and lifestyle changes (66%), as well as just transition to a post-lignite Greece (50%). Finally, the four most important factors for a wide-scale development of RES were the sustainability of local communities and cities (4.5/5), social acceptance (4/5), financial viability and investments in green technologies (3.9/5 both). PARIS REINFORCE will explore these topics and respective impact factors in its modelling activities so that our recommendations reflect reality.
In between sessions, the PARIS REINFORCE project coordinator, Assoc. Prof. Haris Doukas, also gave an interview to the “Eco News” TV show on SKAI TV regarding the importance of environmental protection, as well as the objectives of PARIS REINFORCE and how the project will support the Paris Agreement.
More information as well as the workshop’s presentations (in Greek) are available online at the respective webpage!
PARIS REINFORCE national workshops, planned for the spring period coinciding with the pandemic measures, will be adjusted in order to be organised according to COVID-19 precautions and regulations. More information will be provided in due course.
In case you want to participate in the PARIS REINFORCE stakeholder consultation process, stay tuned by registering for the Stakeholder Council!