By Paraskevi Zygoura - IED, Digital Marketing Director

How is it a developed - in brief - Circular Economy in Greece? Is it a trendy topic? Is the Government pushing this topic also in line with the new EU Strategy and the Green deal process?

For Greece, transitioning to a low-carbon, resource-efficient circular economy is critical not only for environmental protection but also for boosting green growth, creating new jobs, combating unemployment, and supporting innovation in production, consumption, material value chains, sharing use methods, and waste reduction, reuse, and recycling, in order to extend the life cycle of products. Greece has a lot of potential for the application of the CE model, since it has a lot of natural resources, untapped secondary resources, trained scientific staff, productive and technological tradition in technical professions, primary sector with potential for development, need for modernization and cost reduction and low resource production rates. We might, also, claim that there is a tendency in this direction based on recent economic conditions and incentives provided for corporate operations that contribute to the circular economy. Through a Circular Transition Business Plan that is in accordance with the new EU Strategy and the Green Deal process, the Greek government has put the circular economy’s goals into action and set them one of its top cross-sectoral priorities, speeding work at three levels:

• Setting criteria for green and circular public procurement
• Promoting industrial symbiosis and clustering of businesses
• Stimulating employment through measures to strengthen sharing or collaborative economy.

Here the attachment.

Factsheet_Green Policies_Greece July 2020

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