Following authorized motion Greece has dominated to annul the environmental permits for 2 state-owned lignite-fired energy crops. The ruling has put the ultimate nail within the coffin for deliberate energy plant Meliti II, and left its sister plant Meliti I working with out authorized permission.
That is the brand new regular in a rustic that’s rushing in direction of a coal phase-out.
The background to the case
In October 2018, ClientEarth, along with our companions WWF Greece and Greenpeace Greece, introduced a authorized problem towards the Greek authorities’ determination to resume the permits for 2 Greek energy crops.
For years, the Greek authorities has given preferential remedy to state-owned energy firm PPC. Within the case of Meliti I and its sister plant Meliti II, the Greek state granted environmental permits with out evaluating the well being, environmental or local weather impacts the installations might need. Referred to as an Environmental Affect Evaluation (EIA), this analysis is required underneath EU regulation when granting an environmental allow. Our case asserted that by failing to hold out the analysis, the Greek authorities had breached EU and Greek regulation.
This ruling implies that the development of Meliti II will not go forward and its sister plant Meliti I might want to apply for a brand new environmental allow if it plans to proceed working.
ClientEarth power lawyer Eleni Diamantopoulou stated: “It is a important win for safeguarding Greek individuals and the atmosphere from the dangerous results of burning lignite.”
Greece’s shift away from coal
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This court docket ruling marks one more step ahead within the nation’s transition in direction of cleaner power.
Previously Greece put lignite-industry wants earlier than the well being of individuals and planet. Nevertheless, the nation has undergone a seismic perspective shift in latest months and on the finish of final 12 months introduced it might be lignite-free by 2028.
Following the choice by the Greek authorities to part out lignite, state-owned energy firm PPC introduced it might shut all of its present lignite-fired energy crops by the even earlier date of 2023.
Meliti I types a part of PPC’s fleet and as such, even when it was to safe a brand new environmental allow, the plant would solely be operational for an extra three years.
Eleni added: “These latest developments imply the tip of the lignite period in Greece and the start of a brand new, cleaner, inexpensive and environment friendly power system.
“Cash ought to now be going to genuinely clear options, in addition to affected staff and communities, to facilitate a simply transition that leaves nobody behind.
“In opposition to the percentages, lignite-dependent Greece is changing into an instance for different EU international locations to comply with.”
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