New and ambitious NECP set for consultation procedure

Greece’s new National Energy and Climate Plan, expected this week for public consultation, will be aggressive in terms of decarbonization targets and principles, details discussed by the plan’s committee last Friday have indicated.

Besides total decarbonization by 2028 and a RES sector energy mix percentage of 35 percent by 2030, the new NECP also includes energy savings of at least 35 percent compared to 2007 consumption levels, energypress sources have informed.

The targets set for electric vehicle usage are also ambitious. Despite initial reservations, the maintenance of a target for a domestic electric car fleet of 10 percent by 2030 is being considered, the same sources noted.

The swift withdrawal of lignite-fired units during the NECP’s early stages, combined with the development of natural gas-fueled units will be pivotal for the new plan’s success.

Like its precursor, the new plan is also expected to feature targets aiming for reduced greenhouse emissions and energy dependence, the latter resulting from high-level usage of petroleum products and, to a lesser extent, natural gas. Combined, the two energy sources represent over 65 percent of the country’s gross energy consumption.

A longer second national plan with targets reaching 2050 is also expected to soon be delivered by the ministry for consultation, sources noted.