Sustainable energy solutions for the Aegean Archipelago Islands: What is the public attitude?

Phedeas Stephanides, Konstantinos Chalvatzis, Xin Li, Nikos Mantzaris, Michalis Prodromou, Christiana Papapostolou, Dimitris Zafirakis

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Abstract

In contributing towards the realisation of plans to transform the Aegean into a “green” archipelago, the internationally acclaimed TILOS research consortium seeks to transfer tacit knowledge of smart micro-grids beyond the island of Tilos. However, research on public acceptability of sustainable energy technologies suggests that local opposition might undermine such plans. In order to minimize the problems of technological transfers it is, thus, imperative to embark on an early-stage exploration of public attitudes towards proposed interventions. In this paper, we draw on survey data from across the Aegean to uncover the widespread acceptability of green energy solutions. Simultaneously, though, we uncover how broad acceptability does not always translate into actual acceptance of the TILOS energy model, especially with respect to solutions that affect the end-user. In turn, we argue that these findings should inform future interventions with the ultimate aim of securing public support to “green” the Aegean.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-248
JournalEnergy Procedia
Volume159
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019
EventApplied Energy Symposium and Forum, Renewable Energy Integration with Mini/Microgrids, REM 2018 - Rhodes Greece
Duration: 29 Sep 201830 Sep 2018

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