Energy conservation and renewable energy sources (RES) will help Greece emerge from the severe economic crisis it is facing, as they will bring new investments, new jobs and economic benefits to the people, Energy, Environment and Climate Change minister Tina Birbili said on Thursday after a meeting with visiting EU Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard.
Hedegaard said it was an honor for her to be in Greece and that despite the difficult economic conjunction in the country opportunities existed that could be created from the sectors of environment and energy conservation.
The two officials discussed climate change issues and ways in which the EU can secure resources through energy conservation, while they also endorsed a comprehensive and binding global pact.
They also said it is imperative that the EU remain dedicated to the guidelines and targets of the 2050 Road Map, but also noted the difficulties anticipated in its implementation.
Birbili briefed the Commissioner on the Greek government's initiatives to promote RES and energy conservation and outlined the parameters and actions of the Greek national roadmap and for reduction of greenhouse gas and carbon dioxide emissions for 2020 and 2050.