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Circular Economy and Climate Institute

The European Union (EU) is promoting a circular economy as the new economic model - against the still prevailing linear economy – which will reduce the environmental, energy and climate footprint of any human activity and will preserve the scarce resources of our planet while protecting the climate and the environment. Circular Economy has become an emblematic overarching priority under the EU Green Deal and is mainstreamed in Green Growth, Blue Economy and Digital Economy the other three EU priorities. The significance of the circular economy is also recognized by the UN and contributes to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Circular Economy and Climate Institute is promoting circular economy and sustainable practices, climate, environmental and energy diplomacy, as well as the new holistic concept of “circular diplomacy” and will strive to mainstream circular economy in all policy areas.

The goal of the Institute is to promote the implementation of a circular economy at all levels of governance, both top-down and bottom-up, as well as to promote a social circular economy. The promotion of circular entrepreneurship and circular environmental and social governance (C-ESG) is also among its objectives. The Institute develops also and contributes to sharing good practices on mitigation and adaptation/resilience actions to combat climate change and promotes climate-proofing and green public procurement.

The Institute offers technical assistance, capacity & institutional building, promotional and awareness-raising activities on all the above, promotes innovative actions, environmental consultancy, project management on EU co-financed and privately financed projects, environmental legal recommendations, legal representation and assistance to all environmental-related matters in cases of environmental, climate or circular economy litigation or arbitration.

Director of the Institute: George Kremlis

He is the Chairman of the Greek Initiative at UN level on protecting cultural and natural heritage from climate change impacts. He is a member of the Board of the European Public Law Organization, chairs its climate and circular economy Institute and is the Representative of the EPLO in Bulgaria. 

He is also a member of the environmental and social advisory council of the EBRD and also currently the Chair of the Bureau of the Espoo Convention, Chair of the MOPs in 2019, elected Chair for the MOPs in December 2020 and re-elected Chair for the period 2021-2023.  He is the Chairman of the AmCham circular economy committee. 

George Kremlis is Honorary Director of the European Commission (EC) and has acted in this capacity as Active Senior responsible for circular economy in the islands.

He was until recently special Advisor to the Greek Prime Minister on energy, climate, environment and circular economy issues


Deputy Director of the Institute: Garyfallia (Fay) Selimi. 

Attorney at Law, PhD(c), MSc, with expertise in environmental law, climate law, energy law, financial and European public law and sustainable development policies. Sustainability expert. Official representative of the European Public Law Organization (EPLO) at the Working Groups and meetings of the parties of the UNECE Espoo Convention and SEA Protocol. She is also a legal and sustainability counsel of municipalities, international organizations and public and private sector companies.


Members of the Scientific Committee of the Institute:

1. Dr. Buontempo Carlo

Carlo Buontempo is the Director of the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) at ECMWF. He completed a PhD in physics at the University of L'Aquila in 2004 before moving to Canada for his post-doc and then joining the UK Met Office. Carlo worked at the Hadley Centre for Climate Science and Services for almost a decade where he led the climate adaptation team and the climate service development team. In this role, he led numerous projects involving climate change adaptation and regional modeling in Europe, Africa, Asia and North America. Before becoming Director of C3S, Buontempo developed the sectoral information system of C3S, helping businesses and policymakers in sectors like finance, insurance, energy, etc. with customized and up-to-date environmental data services.


2. Dr. Digkas Agis

Dr. Agis Digkas holds a PhD in geopolitical risk analysis and has extensive research activity on quantitative methods and decision support systems in geopolitics. He teaches energy geopolitics, quantitative risk analysis, and environmental policy at the University of Athens, the National Technical University of Athens, and the School of National Security of the Hellenic Police Academy, while he is the author of three books on the respective subjects. At the same time, he has work experience in the energy sector, especially in dealing with security and cooperation in the region of Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean, since he is both the Greek Gas Transmission Operator and Vice President of the Renewable Energy Sources Operator, he was called to coordinate efforts and strengthen cooperation with states and businesses in the wider region.


3. Geropoulos Kostis

Kostis Geropoulos is the co-founder and the Director for Energy & Climate Policy and Security at NE Global in the UK. A member of the Foreign Press Association of Greece, he is an experienced journalist, moderator and columnist covering energy and climate issues, geopolitics and security. He has covered and reported from many areas around the world, including Central Asia, Russia, Northern Africa, the Eastern Mediterranean, the Balkans, and Central and Eastern Europe. His weekly column Global Energy Insider analyzes energy and geopolitics, including interviews with European leaders, politicians and experts. He has also been a guest or contributor for BBC TV and BBC Radio, Austrian radio ORF, LBC Radio, and Sky News, UK.


4. Loizidou Maria

Maria Loizidou was born in Cyprus and studied at the University of London, where she obtained a BSc and MSc in Chemical Engineering and a PhD in 1982, in the field of waste treatment. She was elected Lecturer at the School of Chemical Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens in 1982 and in 2003 she was elected Professor. She founded the Environmental Science & Technology Unit (www.uest.gr), which is accredited in the field of solid-liquid waste. She has successfully implemented as a scientific officer at NTUA more than 200 research projects, mainly competitive European ones, in environmental matters (http://www.uest.gr/index.php/projects). She has more than 600 publications in international scientific journals and international conferences (http://www.uest.gr/index.php/publications), with an h-index of 63, i10-index: of 164, and more than 13,000 cross-references to her work. She was a member of the Governing Committee of the Cyprus University of Technology from the beginning of its operation until its independence (2003 – 2012), Dean of the Polytechnic School, as well as President of the Department of Environment, which he formed from scratch.

She continues to teach in the postgraduate study programs of the NTUA, as well as continuing to develop a significant number of research programs as a scientific officer, in particular the utilization of bio-waste for the production of new products and for de-addiction from the use of oil for their production, promoting the circular economy, as well as in brine treatment and salt recovery.


5. Prof. Malamis Dimitrios

Dr. Dimitris Malamis (PhD, MSc, DIC, MEng) is an Environmental Engineer serving as a Research & Teaching Fellow at the School of Chemical Engineering, NTUA. With a robust background in environmental science and engineering, Dr. Malamis excels in solid waste & wastewater management, technological processes for environmental protection, and environmental quality control. His academic contributions are noteworthy, including 71 publications in prestigious international peer-reviewed scientific journals and 4 publications in book chapters. Additionally, he has actively participated in 121 national and international conferences, presenting research results. Dr. Malamis's scholarly impact is evident through 1,326 citations and an h-index of 23 according to Scopus, reflecting his substantial influence in the academic community. Demonstrating exceptional proficiency in research project development, implementation, and management, Dr. Malamis has played key roles in 50 research programs. He has held positions such as Coordinator, Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator, and WP/Task leader in many of these projects. He also provides consultancy to public and private bodies on pollution and environmental protection counting more than 20 contracts. Moreover, his involvement extends to membership in scientific and organizing committees for over 10 international conferences. Over the last ten years, Dr. Malamis has been in charge of the design and development of a demo biorefinery system at NTUA Technological Park. The demo was gradually developed and supported by a substantial number of EU projects namely CRONUS Horizon Europe, FuelGae Horizon Europe, NEWFEED H2020, LIFE CO2toCH4, WaystUp! H2020, LIFE CIRCforBIO, NoAW H2020, LIFE Waste2Bio, LIFE ATHENS BIOWASTE, LIFE DRYWASTE. The overarching goal of the biorefinery is the valorization of diverse waste biomass streams, aligning with a circularity concept to produce materials, sustainable fuels, and platform chemicals. In addition, Dr. Malamis, in collaboration with NTUA fellow researchers, has been involved in the design and development of circular economy approaches to reduce the negative impacts of brine from process industries and to create economic value from the reuse of its constituents. The technologies have been gradually developed and supported by a substantial number of EU projects namely WalNUT Η2020, WATER-MINING H2020, ZEROBRINE H2020, LIFE BRINE-MINING, LIFE SOL-BRINE.


6. Dr. Morsi Helmut

Experienced in the public and private sector, Dr. Morsi has worked for about a decade in research labs of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (Bonn and Munich) and EURATOM (JET Joint Undertaking, UK) on space sciences (radio-astronomy), energy (thermo-nuclear fusion) and diagnostics engineering in general. Advisor to the Director of “European Mobility Network” (since 2005).


7. Prof. Peppas George

Georgios D. Peppas (S’12-M’16-SM’22) was born in Rustenburg South Africa, in 1987. He received a Diploma degree in electrical engineering and a Ph.D. degree from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Patras, in 2011 and 2016, respectively. During 2016-2024 he was R&D Manager of Raycap S.A. leading innovation in surge protective devices and Technical Manager of the High Current Laboratory of Raycap S.A. in Drama Greece since 2016 (IECEE CTF Stage 3). In 2024 joined TUC, where he is an Assistant Professor. He has collaborated with the High Voltage Laboratories of NTUA, Upatras, and AUTH since 2016. His research interests include lightning protection, nanofluids for High Voltage applications, insulation coordination of power systems, dielectric liquids, and induced lightning phenomena. He is the author of more than 55 papers in major international peer-reviewed scientific journals and conference proceedings and he is the inventor of 7 patents.


8. Dr. Prazek Dariusz

Dr. Prasek is a director of Sustainability Advisory Services Ltd., a consultancy company in environmental, social and governance areas. He is an experienced ESG, Circular Economy, CSR and Sustainable Finance expert and trainer.  Dr Prasek has experience in around 4000 investment projects across many sectors. Till recently he held the position of Director of Operations at the Environment and Sustainability Department of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).  Dr. Prasek was one of the key contributors to the development and implementation of the Green Economy Transition Strategy which includes the implementation of the provisions of the Circular Economy in the Bank’s supported projects.  Before joining the Bank, he was an Advisor for the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Earth Summit).  Dr. Prasek holds a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the Warsaw University of Technology, and from 1987 to 1991 was an Assistant Professor at that university's Institute of Environmental Engineering. 


9. Prof. Siouti Glykeria

Professor at the Law School of the University of Athens, Lawyer. Graduated from EKPAA Law School. In 1978 she received a Master's degree in Public Law from the University of Paris II - Sorbonne and in 1985 she was awarded a Doctorate from the School of Law of the University of Athens. Since 1981 she has been working at the Law School of the University of Athens, where from 1999 to the present she is a regular Professor and teaches Administrative Law and Environmental Law at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. From 2004 to 2006 she was Director of the Public Law Department of the Law School. From 1979 until today, she has practiced as a lawyer and deals mainly with Public Law and Environmental Law cases. She is a founding member of the Law Firm "Flogaitis - Siouti".

She has been a member of several committees, such as (1993) the Committee for the Preparation of the Code of Administrative Procedure, (1995-1997) the Central Legislation Committee (KENE), (1996) the Committee for the Preparation of the Road Traffic Code, (1996) the Committee for the Preparation of a new Organization of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, (2000-2001) of the Supreme Special Court (SEC), (2000-2004) of the Energy Regulatory Authority (RAE), (2000-2004) and the Board of Directors of the National Center for Environment and Sustainable Development. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the European Organization of Public Law, the Union of Greek Constitutionalists, the Greek Section of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences, the European Council of Environmental Law, and the President of the Hellenic Society of Environmental Law. From October 2009 to September 2010, she was a Legal Advisor at the Political Office of the Prime Minister. She was a member of the Legal Council of Alpha Bank from 2017-2019 and is a member of the Legal Council of Eurobank from 2018 until today.

She has participated in numerous Greek and international conferences and has written many books and articles on administrative and environmental law. Foreign languages: English, French.


10. Prof. Tankova Eleonora Nikolova

Dean of the “International Economics and Administration” Faculty at Varna Free University “Chernorizets Hrabar”.

Responsible for the MSc Degree in Circular Economy at the University of Varna.


11. Prof. Zalidis George

George Zalidis is a graduate of the Department of Agriculture at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, with a doctorate degree from the Department of Soil Science and a post-doctoral degree from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Michigan State University. He is the Director of the Interbalkan Environment Center (i-BEC). His research interests focus on issues such as the use of Earth Observation (EO) Data to produce corresponding EO services in the GEO Social Benefits Areas and Sustainable Development Goals, implemented with the standardized GEO-compatible methodologies globally, regionally and locally. His EO research activity includes the use of spectral data in monitoring Agricultural and Natural ecosystems, using the NEXUS approach for their management and restoration. In addition, his research interest covers the sector of circular economy, through the development of carbon footprint protocols in primary production and technologies in the field of the carbon economy, composting, and micro and macroalgal cultivation. He has published more than 100 research articles in peer-reviewed journals (3838 citations, h-Index 38 and i-index 74, source: scholar.google.gr, 2362 citations, h-index 27, source: scopus.com), and has coordinated more than 150 research projects.

Beyond EPLO's network of 75 universities, the Institute collaborates with the academic community, government agencies, civil society and entrepreneurship to promote good practices, know-how and partnerships in European programs.


Institute's Recent Activities/News

- Message - Press Release of the Circular Economy & Climate Institute for the International Environment Day.

- Drafting of the Memorandum of Understanding on circular economy and climate matters signed with the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority (HCAA).

- Contribution of the Circular Economy & Climate Institute to the preparation of the EPLO's one-day conference in the context of the inauguration of the EPLO's offices in Rome and its participation in the panel on the Climate Crisis. More here