Greece Hosts Energy Efficiency Conference

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Athens, Greece, recently played host to the third Energy Efficiency Conference – an event that recognises the importance of energy efficiency and looks at ways it can be implemented across a variety of industries.
The event took place amid the country's plans to boost its own energy efficiency measures, which have just been backed by the EU regional-policy commissioner, Corina Cretu.
As New Europe reports, the day before the conference Cretu met with Panagiotis Lafazanis – the Greek minister of productive reconstruction, environment and energy – and deputy minister Yiannis Tsironis. During the talk, Cretu praised Greece's plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and invest more in energy efficiency, and said that she was prepared to handle requests from the Greek authorities for EU support with energy investment.
Energy efficiency has gained in prominence in Greece as leaders realise its ability to help get the economy back on track. Lafazanis said during the meeting that, "a lot of new energy projects are being developed in Greece and we strive to make energy investments a pillar of growth to escape the economic crisis."
There are around 15 electricity and gas projects that the Greek government feels should fall under the category of EU Projects of Common Interest (PCI), as they improve not just their own energy efficiency, but that of other countries in the Balkans, too. Current projects underway include the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), which will transfer natural gas through Greece to Bulgaria and Romania; and the interconnection of Crete to the electricity system on the Greek mainland.
Experts have acknowledged the enormous potential to make significant energy savings within the EU building sector. The conference in Athens explored the best methods currently being used by companies to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings, and presented the latest technologies that can help.
The key themes of the event were: strategies and challenges for effective energy resource management; innovation, new technologies and services for energy efficiency; good energy efficiency practices in industry, buildings, hotels, business, transportation and the supply sector; and trends and developments on energy efficiency and energy saving in buildings, industry and transport.
Nearly 400 visitors were in attendance and heard guest speakers share their expertise on topics ranging from sustainable building design to energy-efficient heating and cooling, green transport, and energy management systems and software.
Attila Baracskai- Head of Technical development of KONsys was invited to the conference as an Internationally recognised expert to present the latest cutting-edge energy management technology that can be deployed by production factories and building complexes in order to increase their energy efficiency successfully.
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