Agioi Anargyroi – Kamatero
Agioi Anargyroi – Kamatero has 62.529 inhabitants, covers an area of 9.11 km² and is located in the northwest part of Attica Region at a distance o f6 km from the Athens city center. Its location allows easy rail connection, thought the Suburban Railway, to the center of Athens, the port of Piraeus and the Eleutherios Venizelos Airport. Also, the Municipality is crossed by two National transportation axes (National Road Athens – Thessaloniki and National Railway Athens – Thessaloniki) thus turning the area very important in terms of transportation and commerce.
The profile of the Municipality, concerning its population, is relatively young and highly active in economic terms, which are both factors that determine the potential growth of this area. The 49.30% of the population is under the age of 35 years and the productive ages from 20 to 64 years old represent 64% of the total population. The majority of the working population is occupied in activities of the secondary sector although the last 15 years there was a swift increase of activities in the tertiary sector, with the creation of mainly small and large scale trade units. Currently, commerce is the dominant component of the economy followed by the service sector, manufacturing, and construction sector.
Among others, the Municipality of Agioi Anargyroi – Kamatero actively participates in a European Network and Initiative called the Covenant of Mayors. In the context of this initiative, the municipality will increase energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources in order to achieve 20% CO² reduction by the year 2020. Municipality of Agioi Anargyroi – Kamatero has signed the CoM on 22 March 2011 while in September 2012, the Project Team of the Municipality submitted the Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) for approval to the city council . According to the SEAP, Agioi Anargyroi-Kamatero during the baseline year (2005), emitted around 1 million t CO2. The overall CO2 reduction target is 20,5% by 2020 which means 215.088 t CO2. A 20,5% reduction is a very strong result for our city since there are no significant energy industry installations (such as power stations) within its boundaries.
The sector “Buildings, systems” (especially residential and tertiary buildings) is responsible for the 91,05% of the total CO2 emissions, , and as such have a major role to play in tackling the changes in energy management. It is clear that achieving a significant reduction of CO2 emissions requires major changes. These changes will be achieved through projects, investments and significant changes in public policy. An important project which is currently in progress is the Programme “Energy Saving” which promotes the reduction of energy consumption in urban environments, focusing on building sector (municipal buildings) and the upgrade of communal areas, through the implementation of technical interventions and actions for the sensitization and mobilization of citizens, local government and businesses. Moreover, according to the SEAP, renewable technologies can contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions. Of course, generating community awareness and engagement and also, generating direct benefit for the consumers, will be of great importance.