In the Aegean, Energy Sustainability = Increased Security

Author
Katerina Sokou, Aristotle Tziampiris
Content Type
Commentary and Analysis
Institution
The Begin-Sadat Centre for Strategic Studies (BESA)
Abstract
The challenging geography of Greece makes it hard for the country to take full advantage of its natural resources and expand its energy grid. Though it has doubled its share of renewables, it needs to redouble those efforts to reach the EU’s ambitious goal of covering a third of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2030. The Greek islands that have been at the forefront of the migration and refugee crises would particularly benefit from a targeted policy to reach that goal, as the transition would increase their energy security, reduce their energy costs, and diversify their economies. Greece has the potential to be a model of sustainability that would enhance the stability of the entire Eastern Med.
Topic
Security, Climate Change, Energy Policy, Natural Resources, Refugee Crisis, Sustainability
Political Geography
Europe, Greece, Mediterranean