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The region of Western Macedonia (WM) is divided in four prefectures: Kozani, Florina, Grevena and Kastoria.

It is considered to be the energy core of Greece because its energy reserves could ensure complete energy independence for centuries. The strengths that the exploitation of lignite offered until today to WM and the whole country are unquestionable, but at the same serious economic and environmental problems occurred.

WM is the least advanced partner for the development of bio-energy, and the one in need of the most important and rapid drastic change to move towards a low carbon economy. WM is interested in particular in the implementation of clean coal combustion technologies (CCTs), such as co-firing of lignite and biomass; adopting the EC guidelines for the co-utilization of coal with biomass and/or solid waste.

 

Due to the importance of WM in the supply of the whole Greece with electricity from coal resources, and the very limited development of bio-energy in this country, BI0-EN-AREA will have critical impacts at regional, but also at national level.

 

Specifically for Greece the national objectives are the rate of attendance of renewable energy sources in the gross consumption of electric energy to rise from presently 11% to 20,1% up to 2010 and to 29% up to 2020.

 

Main expectations of WM are the awareness raising and promotion of renewable energy usage to people, students, local authorities and entrepreneurs by organizing seminars, educational visits and publication of relevant material.

Dimitris Kouras dkouras@mou.gr

ΠΕΡΙΦΕΡΕΙΑ ΔΥΤΙΚΗΣ ΜΑΚΕΔΟΝΙΑΣ
Region of Western Macedonia
General Secretary Office, Z.E.P. Area - Kozani
50100 - Kozani (Greece)
www.westernmacedonia.gr

 

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The Interregional Cooperation Programme INTERREG IVC, financed by the European Union’s Regional Development Fund, helps Regions of Europe work together to share experience and good practice in the areas of innovation, the knowledge economy, the environment and risk prevention. EUR 302 million is available for project funding but, more than that, a wealth of knowledge and potential solutions are also on hand for regional policy-makers.