Time is of essence for addressing climate change. The roundtable underlined the evident backing for Greece’s environmental ambitions and recognised this is a challenge that needs to be faced. Achieving the goals the country has set itself, will require collaboration, cooperation, ingenuity, and skill from within the country and beyond.
Watch again: The full panel talk
The roundtable earlier this month, brought together the four panellists: Olga Itsiou (Technical Director at Dimand S.A), Georgios Filiopoulos (CEO of Enterprise Greece), Kostis Lysikatos (Director at BuroHappold) and Julian Lipscombe (Director at Bennetts Associates) in an insightful discussion chaired by Estate Gazette's Emily Wright.
“It’s a global problem that needs global solutions, and that requires the very best minds to come together. We've been pushing very hard on the subject of mainstream sustainability in the UK for more than 30 years, and we're keen to spread that knowledge globally.” - Julian Lipscombe, Director, Bennetts Associates
“We had a heatwave in July, we had extreme fires in the beginning of August and serious floods in recent weeks. This has shifted the focus onto sustainability issues. Greece also has a lot to offer in terms of existing building stock which needs retrofitting. There is a big opportunity there.” - Olga Itsiou, Technical Director, Dimand,
“Upgrading the energy efficiency of all buildings is of immense importance for the country. Greece already has a long-term strategy in place that will help the country to bring about economic transformation and achieve broader sustainable development goals, as well as the targets that have been set by the Paris Agreement,” - Georgios Filipoulos, Chief Executive of Enterprise Greece,
“Design – and sustainable design at that, whether for new build or retrofitting purposes – will play a huge role and it will increasingly rely on more and better data." - Kostis Lysikatos, Director. Buro Happold,