Learn about the outcomes from the C-track 50 Greek Energy Information Day, where public authorities at all levels exchanged the technical know-how and resources to develop long-term climate and energy actions in order to achieve the target set by the EU and the Paris agreement.
On September 19, 2019, an Energy Information Day was co-organized by the European project C-Track 50 and the Office of the Covenant of Mayors, with the participation of over 25 Greek municipalities. Mr Eero Ailio, Directorate General Energy, Expert on Energy Transition and Local Government and Professor Ioannis Psarras, C-Track 50 Project Coordinator, Director of the Decision Support Systems Laboratory, addressed the conference. The event was continued with welcome addresses by Mr Dimitros Kafantaris, Vice President of KEDE; Mr George Ioakimidis, President of PEDA; and Professor Haris Doukas, Vice President of TEE Delegation.
As part of the conference, a Signature Ceremony for the Covenant of Mayors was held for 29 municipalities¹ that wished to make commitments towards 2030, or to confirm their existing commitment to the same goals. The workshop continued with presentations on long-term energy planning by Ms Papadopoulou and the C-Track 50 project, climate change adaptation by Ms Tzanakaki and CRES, examples of best practices byMs Theloura and the Municipality of Farsala and the Mayor of Loutraki-Perachora-Agioi Theodoroi. The section was continued with a presentation by Erika Ntavou from DAFNI Network, on the Kythnos Smart Island; a lighthouse island decarbonisation project in the Aegean Sea. Maria Kaladami, energy expert working for Aegean Energy and Environment Agency (AEGEA), one of FEDARENE’s members, presented the Horizon 2020 project IMPLEMENT– Improving Local Energy and climate policy through quality management and certification, in the context of which 6 Greek islands have joined and started implementing the European Energy Award – EEA. This first module ended with the presentation of Mr Giannis Georgizas from the Sustainable City Network.
The second section presented innovative financing tools and programs. In particular, Ms Constantinopoulou from the NSRF Executive Structure summarized the funding opportunities of the current programming period, giving some information for the next period. Mr Varlamitis, Chairman of the Deposits and Loans Fund, presented the fund’s funding programs available to local governments, focusing on pumping stations, street lighting, and buildings. Ms Bossio presented the new EU City Facility program, which will finance the maturing of investment projects by cities. Mr Iliopoulos from EPTA summarized the existing regulatory framework for the implementation of energy saving and RES actions in Municipalities. Finally, Mr Marinakis from the University of Piraeus presented innovative financial tools for municipalities and opportunities for exchange of know-how, under the instruction and learning sessions offered by the PROSPECT project in participating municipalities.
The European project C-Track 50, funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 program, aims to mobilize and support public authorities in setting long-term energy policy priorities, as well as supporting regional and local development authorities’ funding and implementing ambitious, integrated and sustainable energy and climate action plans to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Overall, partners from 11 EU countries are involved in the project. The project coordinator is the NTUA / School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and EPTA SA participates as a specialized technical partner. Environmental Project Consultants www.epta.gr.
More information on the project is available at http://www.c-track50.eu/en
1. Aegina, Agios Dimitrios, Alexandroupolis, Aliartos-Thespieis, Anogia, Chalkida, Chania, Elefsina, Elliniko Argyroupoli, Eretria, Fyli, Ilion, Kesariani, Kalamata, Kea, Korydallos, Koropi, Lavrio, Loutraki- Perachora -Agioi Theodoroi, Mantoudi – Limni – Agia Anna, Messini, Moschato – Tavros, Nikaia – Agios Ioannis Rentis, Nisyros, Paleo Faliro, Penteli, Salamina, Vari Voula Vouliagmeni, Xiromero.