Greece is prepared to end dependence on polluting coal

This is not a good surprise, the Greek public power company’s directors believe exemptions for lignite – especially the Greek pollution type of coal-fired power plants, however, claim that Greece “emission reduction” one of the best stock markets must not There is no dispute.

In a recent report, the European dark cloud: How to cut coal to save lives, we show how the Greek lignite, responsible for premature death and thousands of cases of respiratory disease each year, has in fact been granted the EU Special Exemption Limit Industrial emissions directive set. As a result, when it comes to emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitric oxide (NOx), dust and mercury, Greek plants are undoubtedly the worst performers in Europe.

Comparing the emission levels of lignite plants in Greece and Germany is revealed: the Greek level is almost four times that of sulfur, twice the amount of nitrous oxide and 17 times the dust. Over the past five years, the Greek exemption will allow an additional 78 tons of sulfur dioxide and 21 tons of dust equivalent. Need the Dutch coal-fired power plant emissions for more than 100 years so much dust.

In addition, Greece is seeking to extend the exemption of two highly polluted lignite: Kardia Amyntaio. Producing additional medical costs costs will be Greek taxpayers billions of euros.

If we are genuinely interested in human health, fossil fuels must remain a one-way street in the future. Lignite can not have a foothold in the future.

Christian Schaible

Policy manager, industrial production, European Environmental Bureau

In response to your report on Greece’s desperate request for free allowances, the Greek public utility company (GPPC) avoided the main problem: its two new lignite-fired power plants would not be economically viable unless they allowed emissions of carbon dioxide to pay, Even the fact that the GPPC chief executive acknowledged.

The Greek figure does not represent the “best actor”. 17th in the EU-28 climate change performance index, and is the only two EU countries to increase energy intensity, mainly due to the share of lignite in the national greenhouse gas emissions (34%, the second largest EU-28).

Lignite’s share of electricity declined, GPPC’s letter was partly due to the emissions trading system. This is exactly what GPPC tries to reverse through the Free Discharge Allowance. Contrary to its claim, Greece does attempt to revitalize its lignite-based model: it is committed to building two new lignite-fired power plants and is currently trying to double the operating time of the two existing plants, trying to expand its oldest plant Life, and trying to do the same thing with another.

GPPC refers to the country’s long-term energy plan, in fact does not exist. What, however, is the desire for lacquered GPPC to remain at least 35 percent share of lignite, as its chief executive has repeatedly stated.

Free Emissions Allowance in Greece means that Ptolemaida Town V may benefit from lower operating costs, thus gaining operational time. Without them, construction and finance would commit suicide.