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Life after lignite: The example of the University of Western Macedonia

By |2022-05-26T11:02:43+03:00May 26th, 2022|Greek Business File|

by Theodoros Theodoulidis Rector of University of Western Macedonia to Symela Touchtidou The University of Western Macedonia aspires to become the first Green University of Greece and an example of “life after lignite” The region of Western Macedonia is overwhelmed by the fact that its main source of income, lignite, will be phased out until [...]

Marina Tower of Ellinikon: “One of the greenest high-rise buildings in the world”

By |2022-05-22T00:36:08+03:00May 22nd, 2022|Greek Business File|

Interview by Antoinette Nassopoulos-Erickson, Senior Partner at Foster + Partners to Symela Touchtidou Foster + Partners have taken up construction of the Marina Residential Tower at the Ellinikon, the urban regeneration project on the Athenian Riviera. Construction will begin in 2022 and it is expected to be completed in 2025. Right at the heart of [...]

EBRD: Putting money in green Greece, part two

By |2022-04-23T21:37:28+03:00May 20th, 2022|Greek Business File|

  Interview by George Maltezos, principal banker of Property and Tourism at EBRD to Symela Touchtidou In January 2022, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced an additional €50 million in equity to its joint venture with Dimand. The JV focuses on brownfield redevelopment, deep refurbishment and regeneration projects in Greece. To date, [...]

EBRD: Putting money in green Greece, part one

By |2022-05-22T00:22:18+03:00May 13th, 2022|Greek Business File|

Interview by Andreea Moraru, Regional Head of Greece and Cyprus at EBRD to Symela Touchtidou In January 2022, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced an additional €50 million in equity to its joint venture with Dimand. The JV focuses on brownfield redevelopment, deep refurbishment and regeneration projects in Greece. To date, about [...]

Dimand: “Sustainability is the cornerstone of our product line”

By |2022-05-07T10:45:46+03:00May 7th, 2022|Greek Business File|

Interview by Nikos Dimtsas, Chief Investment Officer of Dimand SA to Symela Touchtidou Dimand is one of Greece’s leading real estate developers. Its Karela Office Park was the first building in Greece to receive a Gold LEED certification, in 2013. Its portfolio of green buildings has grown since, including iconic projects, such as the Piraeus [...]

From miners’ houses to eco-friedly hotels: the CocoMat experience

By |2022-05-07T10:29:46+03:00May 6th, 2022|Greek Business File|

Interview by Kostas Maltezos, Managing Director of Coco-Mat Hotels Santorini & Serifos to Mika Kontorousi Recent studies on tourism trends worldwide show that a significant percentage of tourists know or seek information about the environmental systems and practices of hotels. Plus, a large percentage of tourists state that their behavior during their stay in a [...]

Honey: The untapped potential of a Greek superfood

By |2022-04-23T20:57:50+03:00April 29th, 2022|Greek Business File|

by Kerin Hope A disastrous wildfire last August razed more than 50,000 hectares of pine forest and destroyed more than 10,000 beehives on the island of Evia, which produces over one-third of the country’s annual honey output. The recovery effort has turned a spotlight on a niche market with significant potential for export growth but [...]

ESG Integration: When private sector takes a leading role

By |2022-04-23T20:59:55+03:00April 23rd, 2022|Greek Business File|

by Charalampos Giannikopoulos, Managing Director and Founder of DCarbon While business leaders seem to adapt quickly to the new needs, international standards and even the transformation of the Greek economy, the public sector is lagging behind State properties have not yet been actively involved in ESG integration, whereas the private sector is making significant steps. [...]

Building Green in Greece

By |2022-04-12T22:26:39+03:00April 12th, 2022|Greek Business File|

by Symela Touchtidou The story of green buildings in Greece is the story of two worlds: the capital’s and its wider region on one hand, the rest of the country on the other. Somewhere in between stands the region of the country’s second largest city, Thessaloniki. Turning a building into a green structure is a [...]

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