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Factsheet for measure GR-2022-27/2787 – measures in Greece

Energy saving plan in the public sector

Sxedio exikonomisis energias sto dimosio (Σχέδιο εξοικονόμησης ενέργειας στο Δημόσιο)

Country Greece , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 02 July 2022
Context War in Ukraine, Green Transition, Digital Transformation
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Responses to inflation
– Support for energy bills
Author Penny Georgiadou (INE GSEE)
Measure added 31 August 2022 (updated 26 September 2022)

Background information

In June 2022, the Greek government in order to address the energy crisis caused by the war in Ukraine and taking into account the existing commitments and priorities for the protection of the environment, announced, among other measures, an energy saving plan in the public sector.

The subsequent joint Ministerial Decision No. 8315/502 (Government Gazette 3424 on 2 July 2022) specifies the measures for the improvement of energy efficiency and energy saving in the buildings and installations of public sector bodies.

The aim of the measures is to reduce the consumption of electricity in public buildings by at least 10%, in relation to the consumption of the same period of 2019, for the first year of implementation of the measure (2022). For the coming years the goal will be redefined.

Content of measure

The measure is included in the Ministerial Decision Νο. 8315/502 (Government Gazette 3424 on 2 July 2022) and is referred to a systematic effort to save energy, which concerns all the privately owned or rented buildings and facilities used by public sector bodies. For the specialization of the actions, an Energy Infrastructure Manager is appointed in every building. The actions will include:

  • Immediate measures to save energy (maintenance of heating / cooling systems, determination of internal maximum / minimum temperature, shading of buildings, changes in the scheduling of street lighting and ornamental lighting)
  • Medium-term measures (upgrading of lighting systems, appliances of high energy efficiency, installation of energy management and heat control systems, insulation of heating systems piping, smart meters)

The monitoring of energy consumption in public facilities will be done through a digital system . Public bodies that will achieve the planned energy saving targets will be rewarded through the increase of their budget by decision of the Minister of Finance. The enactment of these measures does not entail any expenditure at the expense of the state budget. The implementation of the measures will be determined by subsequent decisions which will also give rise to costs.

Use of measure

According to the statements of the Deputy Minister of Finance the state has approximately 212,000 electricity supplies and the public expenditure on electricity in 2021 reached €956 million.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
No special funding required

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A

Involvement

There is no involvement of social partners.

Views and reactions

There are no social partner reactions to the measure.

Sources

  • 09 June 2022: Presentation of the energy saving plan to the Stat (ypen.gov.gr)
  • 02 July 2022: JMD Νο 8315/502 (Government Gazette 3424 on July 2, 2022) (www.elinyae.gr)

Citation

Eurofound (2022), Energy saving plan in the public sector, measure GR-2022-27/2787 (measures in Greece), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/GR-2022-27_2787.html

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