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Greece’s new Climate Change Law to bring “radical reduction of emissions”

Greece’s government is to introduce the new climate law designed to bring a “radical reduction of emissions”. The law expected to be submitted for public consultation later this week foresees among others the end to the sale of cars running on fuel or diesel by 2030, the ban of heating oil, the obligatory insurance on buildings located in high-risk areas.

The law will set quantitative targets to reduce greenhouse emissions by 55% in 2030 compared to 1990, and by 80% in 2040, aiming for climate neutrality in 2050, the EU target.

Goals will be reviewed every 5 years and will include seven sectors of the economy: electricity & heat production, transportation, industry, buildings, agriculture & animal breeding, waste, and land use & forestry.

Some of the basic regulations expected to be introduced include the following:

– A higher ratio of the use of Renewable Energy Sources, for a target of up to 70% of final energy consumption by 2030

– Zero emissions allowed for all new taxis in Attica and Thessaloniki as of 2025, as well as one-third of new rented cars; as of 2023, at least one-fourth of new business-leased private vehicles must be either electric or hybrid vehicles; and as of 2030, all private cars and lighter professional vehicles must guarantee zero emissions to be sold

– By 2030, the ban of the use of crude oil to produce electricity on islands not linked to the mainland grid; islands must look for alternative/RES solutions, as have remote islands such as Halki and Tilos

– As of 2023, buildings with access to an adequate natural gas network will be banned from installing boilers operating with heating fuel. As of 2030, they will be banned. In addition, as of 2025, all buildings in high-erosion or high-risk areas must be insured by law, otherwise they will not be provided with electricity, and

– In industry, reports on environmental reports and their approval will be expanded to more cases. Polluters will be obliged to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030 compared to 2022, while all businesses employing over 500 will have to publish annual reports with their carbon footprint.

The draft law also introduces a National Observatory for Adaptation to Climate Change, which will work with the National Meteorological Service and other agencies to observe climate data and provide forecasts.


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  1. But yet China, India and much of Africa will be allowed to continue on while the Western nations have to suffer from this bs.

  2. Well good luck with all of that, I think there’s more chance of meeting Moses………..,at the burning Bush

  3. Everything have to start somewhere! Considering the fact that the western nations, including the US, have had much higher admissions per person for senturies due to industrialisation it is only fair that we take the lead! So, line up and help our poor planet, before it is too late!