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First meeting of the Regional Policy Network
October 3, 2014

The first meeting of the LOCSEE Regional Policy Network (RPN) took place at the Central Athens Hotel on October 3, 2014, the day after the fifth LOCSEE project partners meeting. The main goals were to discuss RPN organisational issues and to provide an opportunity for RPN members to examine existing barriers to the large-scale penetration of low-carbon policies, as well as ways to promote the use of renewable energy sources (RES) and improve energy efficiency.

The meeting was opened by Mrs. Irini Nikolaou, head of the Emissions Trading Office and UNFCCC National Focal Point from the Greek Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change (MEECC); project leader Mr. Daniele Vettorato of EURAC; and Mrs. Elena Georgopoulou of LOCSEE partner the National Observatory of Athens (NOA), organiser of the RPN meeting. The first session was chaired by Mr. Helmut Schreiber, representing LOCSEE partner Joanneum Research. The session explored the large-scale penetration of renewable energies, focusing on the power sector. Mr. Dimitris Lalas analysed the effects of RES on the electricity market, after which Mr. Yannis Vougiouklakis from MEECC described the existing support schemes for RES and analysed their achievements, the arguments against them, and their impacts in the period 2014 to 2020. He referred to various new mechanisms enacted worldwide and efforts to adapt to new RES challenges. Mr. George Caralis of the National Technical University of Athens delivered a presentation on the European framework for photovoltaics (PV) and explained how financial support for PVs had evolved in Greece, highlighting the implications of investments and public financing, and concluding with lessons learned from the Greek example in relation to the large-scale penetration PV systems.

The second session focused on barriers to energy efficiency measures. Mr. Dimitris Athanassiou from the MEECC presented structural elements, provisions, and results achieved to date in the implementation of a successful initiative in Greece to improve energy efficiency in the building sector. Mr. Andreas Turk from Joanneum Research then presented the current regulatory framework in the EU regarding the improvement of energy efficiency, focusing on the Energy Efficiency Directive. Ms. Judit Balint presented an innovative financial mechanism, describing its advantages, key messages for implementation, and the outcomes of related market research undertaken in Hungary. Mr. Sebastian Mirasgedis of NOA reviewed the various co-benefits associated with energy efficiency interventions in buildings. He stressed the importance of co-benefits for vulnerable groups, the need to continue improving methodologies for their quantification, and the importance of accelerating their inclusion in decision-making tools.

During the lunch break, a press conference was held at which representatives from NOA presented the LOCSEE project and the purpose of the RPN working meeting. A press release was prepared for the occasion.

In the third session, chaired by Mrs. Elena Georgopoulou, participants drew on the presentations made during the morning sessions to discuss the challenges facing the countries of South Eastern Europe (SEE) when planning the large-scale penetration of low-carbon policies. A roundtable discussion was introduced by Mr. Jernej Stritih, of Stritih Sustainable Development Consulting, Slovenia, who summarised the lessons learned to date from the implementation of low-carbon strategies in SEE. The roundtable was structured around four key questions. A mainstreaming session chaired by Mrs. Elena Georgopoulou and Mr. Sebastian Mirasgedis then explored the future of the RPN following the close of the LOCSEE project, and the associated organisational issues.

Further details can be found in the meeting agenda.


  1. INTRO LOCSEE Project Vettorato
  2. INTRO RPN Georgopoulou
  3. Effect of RES on Electricitymarket_Lalas
  4. Feedin tariffts_Vougiouklakis
  5. PV market in Greece_Caralis
  6. Saving at Home_Athanassiou
  7. Legal and institutional framework_Turk
  8. Innovative financing EE_Balint
  9. EE measures in building_Mirasgedis
  10. Low carbon strategies in SEE_Stritih_RPN
  11. RoundTable topics for discussion
  12. Fundamental Questions future issues of RPN
  13. Continuation of roundtable
  14. Conclusion of the round-table discussion during RNP working meeting
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