Arab Today, arab today coalfired energy costs greece billions
Last Updated : GMT 17:11:03
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Coal-fired energy costs Greece billions

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Coal-fired energy costs Greece billions

Athens - AFP

Cash-strapped Greece could save billions of euros in environmental and health costs by abandoning a reliance on coal-fired electricity production, Greenpeace activists said on Thursday. \"At a time when Greek citizens are making unprecedented sacrifices to address the economic crisis, the government burns taxpayer money on outdated and dangerous technology,\" said Takis Grigoriou, an energy spokesman for the environmental group\'s Greek branch. The use of lignite, a form of brown coal, burdens Greece with up to 7.38 billion ($10.7 billion) annually in environmental and health costs, Greenpeace said. In a protest outside the ministry, Greenpeace activists pretended to burn custom-made 500-euro notes stamped with the face of Environment Minister George Papaconstantinou, formerly the nation\'s finance minister. \"We would have expected the ex-finance minister to back green and economically productive solutions,\" Grigoriou said. The state-run Public Power Corporation, Greece\'s main electricity provider, has long depended on its vast supplies of lignite to fire up its power generators. Lignite is a major pollutant and the PPC -- over half of whose electricity production comes from coal-fired plants -- is Greece\'s single largest offender in carbon dioxide emissions. Greece is trying to meet a renewable energy quota -- 20 percent of national electricity production -- by the end of the decade and has pledged to boost solar and wind power generation. Yet the government still plans to build two new lignite units, the group said on Thursday. Athens is also grappling with a debt crisis that nearly bankrupted the economy last year, forcing the EU and the IMF to intervene with an economic rescue that has imposed unprecedented austerity on the country. The Greek government has announced plans to offload up to 17 percent in its remaining 51-percent stake in PPC, part of a sweeping privatisation drive to reduce the country\'s huge debt.

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today coalfired energy costs greece billions Arab Today, arab today coalfired energy costs greece billions

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Saudis await visitors but will they come?

GMT 11:54 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Saudis await visitors but will they come?
Arab Today, arab today Sarah Belamesh designs antiques of "ceramic"

GMT 19:45 2017 Monday ,20 February

Sarah Belamesh designs antiques of "ceramic"
Arab Today, arab today Blind sheikh buried in Egypt

GMT 06:32 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Blind sheikh buried in Egypt
Arab Today, arab today Media host Mona Iraqi stresses her show's success

GMT 15:32 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Media host Mona Iraqi stresses her show's success

GMT 15:37 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Nakilat Posts QR 955 Million Profit in 2016

GMT 15:32 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Laffan Refinery 2 Cost QR 3 Billion

GMT 15:31 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Oil up 2% as OPEC chief sees higher compliance with cuts

GMT 07:00 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Oil prices rise on high OPEC compliance with output cuts

GMT 05:23 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Oil rises, but growing US output threatens rally

GMT 00:24 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

OPEC daily basket price announced for Thursday

GMT 16:12 2017 Sunday ,19 February

Oil prices still under pressure from North America
View News in Arabic - Business: نفط وبتروكيماويات
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today To hold social dialogue over secondary school

GMT 07:43 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

To hold social dialogue over secondary school
Arab Today, arab today UK appoints 1st Scotland Yard chief in 188 years

GMT 05:14 2017 Thursday ,23 February

UK appoints 1st Scotland Yard chief in 188 years
Arab Today, arab today Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage

GMT 12:16 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage
Arab Today, arab today Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons
Arab Today, arab today Tesla back into red but revenue grows

GMT 07:27 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Tesla back into red but revenue grows
Arab Today, arab today Nissan enhances sales in most markets

GMT 14:08 2017 Monday ,20 February

Nissan enhances sales in most markets
Arab Today, arab today Salma Rashid happy for 'A Whisper of Love'

GMT 05:19 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Salma Rashid happy for 'A Whisper of Love'
Arab Today, arab today Milan laughs while Rome cries

GMT 10:28 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Milan laughs while Rome cries

GMT 06:41 2017 Monday ,20 February

Janat pleased for issuing 'Good Morning'

GMT 12:35 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

63-Year-Old Woman Delivers Baby

GMT 14:29 2017 Monday ,20 February

Prepares to present her new collection

GMT 15:53 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Small ponds have outsized impact

GMT 23:29 2017 Thursday ,16 February

Home built on sand castles-style costs $8m

GMT 07:51 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Mom's immune system accepts babies

GMT 17:46 2017 Saturday ,18 February

Tourist guide reveals methods of tourist attractions

GMT 13:12 2015 Saturday ,09 May

Sheikh Sultan opens Sharjah Centre

GMT 19:10 2017 Friday ,17 February

Hats, scarves add beauty to women
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday