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

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 Tower and the Papastratos former tobacco company parking Nikos Dimtsas, Chief Investment Officer of Dimand SA, notes that opting for “green” was not a simple [...]

May 7th, 2022|Greek Business File|

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

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 hotel is influenced by the existence of an environmental policy In the beginning of 2021, the Greek Tourism Ministry “Save for tourism” program (with a [...]

May 6th, 2022|Greek Business File|

Honey: The untapped potential of a Greek superfood

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 constrained by poor EU regulation and a lack of incentives for producers. Greece is one of the EU’s largest honey producers and until last year [...]

April 29th, 2022|Greek Business File|

ESG Integration: When private sector takes a leading role

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. This occurs due to the fact that demand for ESG integration is mainly market-driven and hence primarily affecting the private sector, which needs to remain [...]

April 23rd, 2022|Greek Business File|

LEED certification in Greece: Athens leads; Thessaloniki follows

Interview by Kay Killmann, Managing Director of GBCI Europe to Symela Touchtidou LEED has a long history in Greece. The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center was the first project in the country to register with the system in 2008 while the 60,000m2 Karela Office Park in Paiania was the first to certify, achieving Gold status in 2013` Currently, over 110 projects in Greece have registered with LEED, 47 have certified and eight have achieved Platinum status – the highest level of [...]

April 16th, 2022|Greek Business File|

Building Green in Greece

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 complicated, demanding endeavor. Consensus is that a green building’s intended function and design should be to minimize the total impact of the construction on public [...]

April 12th, 2022|Greek Business File|

AUTh: Preparing the skilled workforce of the future

by George A. Rovithakis, Director, Automation and Robotics Laboratory, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki The Automation and Robotics Laboratory (ARL) of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh) conducts research and offers consulting services, all in the areas of automation, robotics and control systems. It has strong connections with many research laboratories in Europe and the US and collaborations with various robotic companies and industries. ARL has a long standing research record in the areas of robotics and control systems. In the field [...]

March 28th, 2022|Greek Business File|

Shipping: Is 2022 the year of normalisation?

by Antonis Karamalegos The previous year was highlighted by the skyrocketing freight rates, which were a result of a combination of factors, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, high demand, global port congestion and reduced number of container ships deployed on services While many maritime and shipping professionals are expecting prices to start to return to normal levels during 2022, there is no clear evidence that shipping companies will decrease their rates significantly. Additionally, the main question remains: When will freight [...]

March 23rd, 2022|Greek Business File|
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