A remarkable step towards acceleration of environmental licensing & RES licensing procedure!
On 5 May 2020, the new Law 4685/2020 “Μodernisation of the Environmental Legislation, incorporation of Directives 2018/844 and 2019/692 of the European Parliament and the Council into Greek legislation and other provisions” was voted by the Greek Parliament.
The new environmental Law simplifies and accelerates the environmental licensing procedure of Renewable Energy Sources projects by putting pressure on both competent authorities to complete procedures as soon as possible (i.e. EIA approval maximum in 120 days) and on license holders to speed up the process of project implementation.
The existing Production License is replaced by the Production Certificate, valid for 25 years and the possibility of renewal.
Applications will be issued through a specific IT platform, during certain periods of a year (February, June and October). Within short deadlines the procedure will be completed and if the application is according to the specifications of the law, the certificate will be granted.
The check and evaluation of the Environmental Impact Assessment, the public consultation and the issuance of the Decision of Approved Environmental Terms will be concluded in a much shorter period of time. The same shortening of time exists for the renewal and amendment of the Approved Environmental Terms.
All procedures and steps needed, through the new Law, become more clear, quick and transparent. Additionally, overall costs for licensing are reduced. The lump-sum application fee, will be calculated on a basis of 60 EUR/MW (less than the previous existing one) with a maximum value that won’t exceed the budget of 12,000 EUR (for projects of 200 MW and more). The license maintenance fee (1.000 EUR/MW per year) is abandoned and replaced by the lump-sum Production Certificate fee which starts from 3.000 EUR/MW up to 1.000 EUR/MW (for projects > 100 MW and up to 250 MW).
The new Law targets towards:
- Increasing RES electricity production and improvement of energy efficiency, reflecting Greece’s efforts to adopt European and national policies
- Optimization of the energy mix in Greece, which consists of the reduction of fossil-fuel generated electricity and increased contribution from RES as a preference for cheaper and cleaner energy sources.