How Greece loses it’s natural heritage
Since 2012, Greek authorities have failed to reach a significant goal as a member of the European Union. They have continued to ignore EU standards and requirements for natural resources and biodiversity preservation. Even though climate change is knocking at the door and gaining the world’s attention, Greece even now chooses the path of harming and disturbing its national natural treasures.
New environmental legislation is exacerbating the failure of the Greek state by triggering a series of dangers and possible detrimental effects to the country’s natural resources.
On May 4, 2020, the Greek government, in creating Law 4685/2020, authorized a program that gives permission for investment plans at the 446 wildlife sites that are protected by the European environmental network known as “Natura 2000”.
Greece’s first contact with wind energy began in the first decade of the 21st century when significant foreign firms targeted Greece as a potential and undiscovered location for new investments. In an attempt to reduce old-fashioned methods of power energy such as carbon mining, Greece embraced the idea of emphasizing alternative ways of energy in order to battle the emerging climate crisis. In doing so, Greece established a target of producing more than 7050 Megawatts of energy from wind turbines by the year 2030. As of 2019, 49% of the target had been reached: 2407 wind turbines were active.
Specifically, 705 wind turbines were in areas protected by the Natura 2000 network; the remaining 1702 were located in unprotected areas. Furthermore, according to the latest environmental legislation, there are approvals for the construction of 5,514 new wind turbines in the network and 10,258 in other areas.
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