1st National Observatory in Greece

The first National Observatory in Greece was organized on 22nd June 2015, at the Ministry of Reconstruction of Production, Environment and Energy with the participation of 17 stakeholders, who deal with the design and implementation of energy efficiency measures within the framework of Article 7.
 
After a short introduction about ENSPOL project and its main objectives, the progress on the implementation of Article 7 in Greece was presented analytically. Moreover, an analysis of the already adopted schemes in EU MS was performed highlighting the main strong and weak points due to the fact that the introduction of an obligation scheme is foreseen during the transposition of the Directive 2012/27/EE into the Greek legislation.
 
Therefore, a thorough discussion was implemented resulting in the following conclusions:
 
  • The effectiveness of the already adopted alternatives policy measures cannot be considered as relatively high and probably will affect the fulfillment of the established targets.
  • There is the necessity to introduce additional alternative policy measures in order to fulfill the established target due to deviations from the foreseen energy savings for 2014.
  • The implementation of an obligation scheme will probably lead to an economic burden, which is difficult to be handled due to the prolonged economic recession and its impacts on energy costs and the household sector.
  • It is vital to determine an appropriate mix of policies so as to avoid overburdening suppliers with the entire weight of measure implementation and utilization.
  • The potential establishment of an obligation scheme can facilitate the development of new activities regarding the provision of energy services from the involved energy suppliers.
  • The organization of a public consultation procedure with the participation of all the involved obligated parties is vital for the efficient design of the obligation scheme.
  • Various issues triggered by the regulated monopolistic structure of electricity and natural gas markets during public procurement procedures should be resolved for the efficient implementation of the obligation scheme.
  • The possibility of introducing specific objectives/targets in designing a future obligation scheme was considered particularly important for ensuring the country’s energy policy priorities.