NECP adjusted to meet loftier EU aim for energy usage drop

The Greek government has adjusted its National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP), setting a loftier energy consumption reduction goal that aligns the plan with an even more ambitious EU target just set.

Greece has now set a loftier 8 percent energy consumption reduction goal, compared to 2020, by the end of the decade, while the EU, through a provisional agreement reached by the European Council Presidency and Members of the European Parliament, is aiming for an overall 11.7 percent drop by 2030, compared to 2020, above the target of a 9 percent reduction that was set in 2021.

The 11.7 percent reduction goal, at EU level, is a binding target and means EU consumers will need to limit annual energy usage to the equivalent of 763 million tons of oil by the end of this decade.

The EU reduction target is not proportionally shared by member states but, instead, takes into account their capacity to limit respective consumption, a realistic approach offering a certain degree of flexibility.

Greek authorities intend to intensify the country’s energy-efficiency drive concerning buildings, further promote smart management of energy consumption, and maintain efforts aiming to reshape consumer behavior for an overall reduction of energy demand.