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WtERT Greece organized its 2nd SYNERGIA Forum

The second SYNERGIA forum was held on Thursday 10th of June 2010 at the National Hellenic Research Foundation with great success, concerning integrated municipal solid waste (MSW) management.

The forum entitled "Integrated Municipal Solid Waste Management: Recycling and Energy Recovery" focused on the important issue of recycling and waste-to-energy and the relevance of this topcis in Greece.

The forum was held under the auspice of the Council of Sustainable Development of the Confederation of Greek Industries and with the support of the Earth Engineering Center of Columbia University (New York), of the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) and the Confederation of European Waste-to-Energy Plants (CEWEP).

The commencement of the forum was made by the general secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Professor A. Andreopoulos. The first block of talks emphasized on the sustainable waste management in Greece and its relationship with governmental measures. Members of the Hellenic Parliament such as Costas Cartalis, Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Vasileios Oikonomou presented the position and persectives of the Greek legislation in relation to waste management.

A fertile and vibrant scientific dialogue was developed concerning the crucial points of sustainable waste management, of recycling and of waste to energy in Greece and Europe with the participation of well known members of the Greek and international scientific community, such as Dr. Bernd Bilitewski (TU Dresden), Dipl.-Ing. Michael Jakuttis (WtERT Germany), Antonios Mavropoulos (ISWA) and Philips Kirkitsos (Ecological Recycling Society).

After a coffee break, the topic "Waste-to-Energy Technologies" was expanded with the presentations of: Dr. Jürgen Vehlow, Epaminondas Voutsas, Evangelos Voudrias, Stefano Gualtieri and Dr. Ella Stengler, managing director of CEWEP.

Finally, Dimitrios Tassios and Efstratios Kalogirou, organizers of the Forum, held a round of discussion and final remarks with which the event finished. The final conclusion in brief was that: Recycling at the source goes hand in hand with waste to energy and is an essential component for a «green» city, according to the reports of environmental and ecological organizations. The most characteristic examples are the green capitals of Europe (Copenhagen, Stockholm, Paris, Vienna, Lisbon etc.).

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From left to right: Philip Kyrkitsos, Evangelos Voudrias, Stefano Gualtieri, Petros Samaras, Jürgen Vehlow, Stratos Kalogirou, Dimitris Tasios, Avraam Karagiannidis, Michael Jakuttis, Eva Gasparikova and Nicholas Themelis

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Dipl.-Ing. Michael Jakuttis

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Dipl.-Ing. Michael Jakuttis during his presentation of "Waste-to-Energy in Germany"

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Dr. Efstratios Kalogirou and Prof. Bernd Bilitewski

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Dipl.-Ing. Michael Jakuttis

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