Environmental impacts of the Greek electricity generation sector

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/560433
Title:
Environmental impacts of the Greek electricity generation sector
Authors:
Theodosiou, Giorgos; Koroneos, Christopher; Stylos, Nikolaos
Abstract:
Anthropogenic activities, such as the use of fossil energy sources for electricity generation, are the main contributors to the pollution of the environment. The main energy source used in the Greek electricity generation sector is lignite as there are large reserves in the country. Petroleum is also used at a great extent mainly in the islands in the autonomous power generation systems, while the use of natural gas is also increasing. Although lignite is a “cheap” energy source, the environmental impacts associated with its use are high, something that applies also for petroleum and in a lower extent with natural gas. The total net production of electricity from thermal power plants in Greece accounts for almost 90% of the total electricity production, while only 10% derives from hydroelectric energy and other renewable energy sources (RES). A typical example of the significance of the environmental impacts associated with the electricity generation sector is the fact that almost 74% of the total CO2 emissions in the country derive from this sector. The work presented in this paper is focused in investigating the environmental impacts associated with the atmospheric emissions and other wastes that are produced during the life cycle of the energy sources (fossil and RES) used for electricity generation in Greece. The environmental evaluation of the different energy sources is performed through the life cycle analysis methodology and the Eco-indicator 99 method and the results are used for comparison purposes.
Citation:
Environmental impacts of the Greek electricity generation sector 2014, 5:19 Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments
Publisher:
Elsevier
Journal:
Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments
Issue Date:
Mar-2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/560433
DOI:
10.1016/j.seta.2013.10.005
Additional Links:
http://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S2213138813000660
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
22131388
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dc.contributor.authorTheodosiou, Giorgosen
dc.contributor.authorKoroneos, Christopheren
dc.contributor.authorStylos, Nikolaosen
dc.date.accessioned2015-07-14T15:12:57Zen
dc.date.available2015-07-14T15:12:57Zen
dc.date.issued2014-03en
dc.identifier.citationEnvironmental impacts of the Greek electricity generation sector 2014, 5:19 Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessmentsen
dc.identifier.issn22131388en
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.seta.2013.10.005en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/560433en
dc.description.abstractAnthropogenic activities, such as the use of fossil energy sources for electricity generation, are the main contributors to the pollution of the environment. The main energy source used in the Greek electricity generation sector is lignite as there are large reserves in the country. Petroleum is also used at a great extent mainly in the islands in the autonomous power generation systems, while the use of natural gas is also increasing. Although lignite is a “cheap” energy source, the environmental impacts associated with its use are high, something that applies also for petroleum and in a lower extent with natural gas. The total net production of electricity from thermal power plants in Greece accounts for almost 90% of the total electricity production, while only 10% derives from hydroelectric energy and other renewable energy sources (RES). A typical example of the significance of the environmental impacts associated with the electricity generation sector is the fact that almost 74% of the total CO2 emissions in the country derive from this sector. The work presented in this paper is focused in investigating the environmental impacts associated with the atmospheric emissions and other wastes that are produced during the life cycle of the energy sources (fossil and RES) used for electricity generation in Greece. The environmental evaluation of the different energy sources is performed through the life cycle analysis methodology and the Eco-indicator 99 method and the results are used for comparison purposes.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherElsevieren
dc.relation.urlhttp://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S2213138813000660en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessmentsen
dc.subjectLife cycle analysisen
dc.subjectEnvironmental evaluationen
dc.subjectEco-indicator 99en
dc.subjectElectricity generationen
dc.titleEnvironmental impacts of the Greek electricity generation sectoren
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalSustainable Energy Technologies and Assessmentsen
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