The climate crisis is here, right now and it is time for Cyprus to take bold and decisive action.
Our government is still implementing a business-as-usual policy approach and taking effective action. We need bold, ambitious and effective climate policy to reduce carbon emissions and ensure a safe future.
Our response to the climate crisis will determine the future we leave for generations to come. There is not much time life to safeguard what we have, mitigate climate change, and create a sustainable and prosperous future for all. Impacts of the climate crisis pose significant risks to our economy, ecosystems, and our public health. Cyprus must urgently focus on climate resilience and mitigation, through bold and decisive action.
The time for action is now, and we cannot afford to wait any longer.
We must act urgently and decisively.
Our Fossil Free Cyprus DEMANDS:
A just transition to Renewable energy
Cyprus must accelerate its transition to clean, renewable and safe energy sources. Incentives, subsidies, upgrading our electricity grid, energy storage solutions, adopting new technologies, empowering businesses, communities and individuals to embrace renewables must be top priorities. Investment must be focused in the energy of the future, while leaving no one behind.
No more fossil fuel infrastructure and burning
We need to move away from fossil fuels by as soon as tomorrow. No fossil fuel infrastructure (natural gas is a fossil fuel do not be fooled) is compatible with what we are facing right now in terms of emissions. The EastMed pipeline, LNG terminal in Vasilikos and other fossil fuel infrastructure that is currently underway will lock Cyprus into a fossil fuel loop that is incompatible with our safe future.
No false “transition” solutions
The promotion of natural gas as a panacea for relieving consumers with high energy bills and as a transition fuel is long gone dream. Fossil gas is still methane, a greenhouse gas, and contributes to climate emissions. Fossil gas has no role in our efforts to reach climate neutrality by 2050, is incompatible with the Paris Agreement and the EU’s Green New Deal. Fossil gas is being weaponised in political agendas and fuels conflicts that hinder any efforts for peace in Cyprus. We are demanding that fossil gas is not included in our national energy and climate plan (NECP) and continuing to fight to promote a fossil-free future for Cyprus.
Enhance Energy efficiency
Improving energy efficiency in buildings (primarily governmental) and in industries and providing more incentives for citizens to adopt energy efficient appliances must be taken forward.
Revamping our transportation system is vital in dealing with the climate crisis. Enhancing public transportation systems, promoting cycling, creating pedestrian-friendly infrastructure, and reducing reliance on private vehicles are measures that need to be implemented.
Protecting Natural Resources
Preserving and restoring our natural ecosystems is critical for mitigating the impacts of climate change. Cyprus should prioritise sustainable land management practices, including reforestation efforts and the protection of biodiversity hotspots. By conserving our forests, wetlands, and coastal areas, we can enhance resilience against climate change, sequester carbon dioxide, and safeguard our natural heritage.