The Special Council for Energy and Environmental Tax Reform (SENFOM) of ELLET works systematically to ensure through its actions and proposals, the successful and sustainable transition to an economy of climate neutrality, with a focus on the conservation of nature and cultural heritage. For the ELLINIKI ETAIRIA – Society for the Environment and Cultural Heritage (ELLET), the primary goal of humanity must be to reduce its collective ecological footprint, and this can be achieved if four critical challenges of our times are met.
- The first critical challenge is to reduce the demand for all types of energy. This can be achieved through providing an energy upgrading to older buildings and ensuring that new buildings are built to bioclimatic designs, by urban regeneration aimed at reducing the thermal island effect, by encouraging sustainable movement in and out of cities, by changing dietary patterns and by transitioning to a circular economy model.
- The second challenge is the urgent need to eliminate the use of fossil fuels and to increase energy production from Renewable Energy Sources (RES). Achieving the energy targets which are set out in the National Energy and Climate Plan (ΕΣΕΚ) will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and therefore reduce the ecological footprint of human societies.
- The third immediate challenge is to care for endangered biodiversity and to save the natural environment. Given the ever-worsening environmental crisis, completing a framework for giving effective protection to protected areas is a critical tool for saving and conserving important and vulnerable habitats and species and for achieving the sustainable development of local communities.
- The fourth challenge is the need to gradually, as far as possible, decentralise responsibility for managing these problems from centralised centres of power that consume energy produced in their regions. On the basis of the principles of sustainability, each region must be responsible for producing clean energy to meet mainly local needs and for effectively mitigating energy consumption.
After a year of discussion and study, SENFOM has carefully and gradually formulated a text with positions on the important issues above. We consider that this will be a valuable source of information.
In particular, this text develops the fundamental positions, lays out the foundation for a constructive discussion on all forms of RES and the importance of the correct choice and location of RES for each area and documents the need to preserve protected areas alongside the development of RES. It also formulates proposals so that local communities can be better informed, particularly on spatial planning procedures.
The memorandum will be updated from time to time in response to current developments.
Please donate whatever amount you choose to support the actions of SENFOM so that we can continue to provide the necessary, high level, scientific and legal support as well as constant communication with local communities, which are now asking for our help en masse.
Together we can achieve even more to preserve the unique natural beauty and cultural heritage of our country, promoting at the same time the reduction in society’s ecological footprint and the transition to a climate-neutral economy.