Greek lignite plant cancelled in major NGO court win

A major Greek court ruling has put the final nail in the coffin for planned power plant Meliti II and left its sister plant Meliti I operating without legal permission. The decision follows a legal challenge brought jointly by ClientEarth, WWF Greece and Greenpeace Greece. 

Greece’s Supreme Administrative Court, the Greek Council of State, annulled the environmental permits for the two lignite-fired power plants, both property of state power company PPC. The decision means that the construction of Meliti II will no longer go ahead, while Meliti I will need to apply for a new environmental permit if it is to continue operating.

“These recent developments mean the end of the lignite era in Greece,” said Eleni Diamantopoulou, an energy lawyer for ClientEarth, in response to the ruling.

Source: ClientEarth press release, 13 January 2020.

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