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The “POLIS” Programme: DIAZOMA’s Green Charter

The DIAZOMA Association, a true embodiment of the European spirit and implementor of European policies, has drafted the Green Charter for Culture, Energy & the Environment, an aid/guide with proposals for the implementation of the European Green Deal guidelines in the cities included in the POLIS Programme.

The Commission’s European Green Deal provides a roadmap with actions to boost the efficient use of resources by moving to a clean, circular economy to stop climate change, revert biodiversity loss and cut pollution. It aims to turn climate and environmental challenges into opportunities and ensure a just and inclusive transition to a climate-neutral continent by 2050 so that cities become more resilient and human-friendly.

In this context, DIAZOMA’s POLIS programme proposes holistic interventions in Greek cities with a historical and archaeological background so that they act as a “reference point” for urban spaces. At the project’s core are policies that strengthen viability and sustainability, promote safe mobility, enhance urban green spaces, clean energy, circular economy, and smart solutions offered by new technologies. The programme aims to benefit both the residents of historic cities and potential visitors.

The Green Charter, a dynamic, constantly evolving text, will be proposed to the Municipalities participating in the POLIS programme to strengthen the efforts being made to implement it.

The main chapters of the Green Charter are:

  1. Cultural Identity
  2. City Aesthetics
  3. Urban Green Spaces
  4. Energy
  5. Sustainable Urban Mobility
  6. Smart Cities
  7. Circular Economy
  8. Active Citizens

DIAZOMA’s Green Charter was created by DIAZOMA’s newly formed incubator “D-Hub”.  It was drafted by a three-member committee composed of Elina Angeli (Architect Engineer, M.Sc. Protection of Monuments), Stavroula Kakaounaki (PhD Planning and Environment – Business Consultant) and Elias Chantzos (Civil engineer- Business and Sustainable Development Consultant specializing in renewable energy sources), who was also the project’s coordinator.

The committee was supported by a scientific team composed of Charis Doukas (Associate Professor, Division of Industrial Electric Devices and Decision Systems), Constantina Tsagari (Director of the Institute of Mediterranean Forest Ecosystems-Hellenic Agricultural Organization “DEMETER”), George Karetsos (Research Director, Institute of Mediterranean Forest Ecosystems), Loukas Spanos (Economist), Anastasia Spanou (Environment and Energy Consultant), Dilena Vasileiou (Electrical Engineer).