EUKI Briefing: The State of Renewable Energies in the EU – Insights from Poland and Greece

Last Wednesday, 9 October 2019, we welcomed Marcin Ścigan and Effie Korma at our office in Berlin, who came to the city for the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Week. In the framework of the event’s topic, the EUKI Secretariat organised a get-together for an EUKI Briefing on “The State of Renewable Energies in the EU – Insights from Poland and Greece”.

by Anna Chmielecka, GIZ/EUKI

Published: 15 October 2019

Marcin Ścigan works for Forum Energii in Warsaw, Poland, as the Head of Renewables. He is an expert on this field, with many years of international experience. He shared interesting insight of the current state of renewables in Poland, with special attention to the wind and solar sector, as well as possible future developments. He highlighted that the developments of some areas are uncertain, such as the future of onshore wind in Poland.
Forum Energii is an independent think tank and is the implementer of the EUKI project International Cooperation Forum “Clean Heat”. The project aims to connect businesses and international experts to gather best practices for possible low emission heating modernisation strategies for Poland.

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Organisation: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

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Marcin Ścigan gives insights into the state of renewable energies in Poland. Photo: Anna Chmielecka GIZ/EUKI.

Effie Korma is the Head of Market Development of the Centre for Renewable Energy Sources & Saving (CRES) based in Pikermi Attiki, Greece. Her presentation put a special focus on the targets of the Greek National Energy & Climate Plan (NECP). She showed us the countries current achievements to meet the 2020 RES targets and gave a prospective overview of the ambitious targets that will be set for 2030. Furthermore, she analysed the political priorities regarding RES in Greece, such as fostering RES systems for heating and cooling, or an obligation of a minimum share of RES in the building sector.
CRES is project implementer in the EUKI project ENCREMENCO – Enhancing the Capacities of Regions and Municipalities to Participate in Energy Communities and project partner in Bridging European and Local Climate Action (BEACON). The overarching goal of the ENCREMENCO project is to increase energy efficiency and the use of renewables in Greek municipalities.

Effie Korma explains the situation of RES in Greece. Photo: Samuel Held GIZ/EUKI.

The meeting ended with a question round and a general discussion, in which both compared the findings in their countries and analysed, among other things, the public’s opinion on the transition to renewable energy sources. As so often, the answer is ambiguous, however, both agreed that the public’s interest in the topic is noticeable in both countries.