EYATH about energy at the TIF

Saving energy, exploiting domestic sources, switching to RES and energy market reforms are the “keys” for a more sustainable energy future. This was pointed out by the professor of energy systems at the Mechanical Engineering Department of AUTH and president of EYATH S.A., Agis Papadopoulos, at an event on “The energy transition until 2030. The new goals of the National Energy and Climate Plan”, organized by the Energy Regulatory Authority within the framework of the 86th TEF.

“The energy efficiency of buildings in Greece is not at all satisfactory. And while energy saving used to be the… bane of our energy system, today we have to hurry up, because it has now become a necessity”, said the president of EYATH. According to him, multi-ownership, the dense and sometimes anarchic construction in the urban environment, but also the institutional and legal framework itself create obstacles to the energy upgrading of buildings in Greece, which would obviously contribute significantly to energy savings. “The technological solutions exist, but there are difficulties and barriers: energy saving is not measurable, it is not easily financed and above all it is not politically attractive”, noted Mr. Papadopoulos, “although the real benefit of saving is the cost of avoiding not only of the value of the conventional fuel itself, but also of its subsidy (visible or invisible)!”.

The president of EYATH pointed out that “according to the National Plan for Energy and Climate, the goal is to reduce final energy consumption in 2030 by 38% compared to 2017 in all our economic sectors (industry, transport, businesses, houses)”. Specifically for the water industry sector, he presented the energy costs of water supply and sewage, while he made special reference to the best practice example of EYATH, which implements a series of energy upgrade projects in the Thessaloniki Wastewater Treatment Plant (CHP unit operation, photovoltaic installation) and in the water supply network (modernization of SCADA system, reduction of losses and gravity operation of pipelines without energy costs).

“At EYATH, our goal is to reduce the carbon footprint by 50% and the water footprint by 20% by 2030”, concluded the president of EYATH.