School of Production Engineering and Management,Technical  University of Crete
The Technical University of Crete is a small, young, dynamic University with a clear mission: to expand knowledge and benefit society through research integrated with education. In this endeavour, the pursuit of excellence is the driving force. More than 70 laboratories with prime equipment, high technology infrastructure and eminently qualified personnel, as well as 120 faculty and staff members with international academic background attest to the level of excellence in education and research conducted at the University. The School of Production Engineering and Management, welcomed its first students in 1984 and the first graduate students in 1986. The curriculum of the school consists of modern technologies, production systems, management and decision making, finance, operational research as well as ergonomic design, control systems, materials, mechatronics and robotics (
Department of Economics and Sustainable Development, Harokopio University of Athens
Harokopio University of Athens is a public university dedicated to promoting research and learning in a small, well focused set of intellectual areas. The University’s excellent campus facilities houses four academic departments, the central administration, the library, the IT centre and student advisory services. The Department of Economics and Sustainable Development aims to promote scientific knowledge and research on subjects related to the domestic economy, the organization and operation of the family, as well as the management of the natural and cultural environment (
INFER – International Network for Economic Research
INFER is a non-profit organisation supporting research in all areas of economics. It has been established in Germany and has members from all continents. Researchers and practitioners from all fields of economics are welcomed as INFER members. Universities or research centers can join INFER as institutional members. INFER also aims to become a dissemination partner for large research projects. (
Department of Environmental Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace
Democritus University of Thrace is currently operating eight Schools and nineteen Departments participating in several transnational and national projects. Research focuses in several scientific areas such as engineering, IT, environmental and agricultural sciences, medicine, molecular biology, law, economics, sociology, humanities, education, and physical education. The Department of Environmental Engineering is the first of its kind in Greece, established in 1993 to educate engineers for the environmental protection challenges of modern society (
Region of Crete
The Region of Crete is one of the 13 regions of Greece. It includes the island of Crete and smaller islands such as Gavdos, Gavdopoula, Zeus, Chrysi, Koufonissi and the islands of Dionysades. Crete is the largest island in Greece and the second largest in the eastern Mediterranean after Cyprus. It is located at the southern tip of the Aegean Sea. (



eolos GmbH ( is an industrial consulting and investment company, embedding environmental sustainability into daily business operations to reduce carbon emissions, industrial waste & virgin natural resources usage. We leverage the circular economy principles, which offer a science-based framework and opportunities to optimize flows by designing out waste, creating loops to retain the value of products and resources as long as possible.

eolos believes in “circular” regions as pivotal actors in accelerating the climate transition and would like to work with the Region of Crete and local stakeholders to co-design an integrated roadmap to create a “Circular Crete”, as well as to contribute to its implementation.


"K. KANELLAKIS S.A. is a modern certified plastic recycling factory, specializing in managing and recycling plastic waste and producing secondary material of all plastic types.
Our company, loyal to its vision and despite the dismal financial environment, realizes its investing plan, using its 40-year-old long experience and technical expertise, transforming its industrial facilities into the biggest and most modern recycling and plastic material production plant in the country.
K. KANELLAKIS S.A. has a permit to handle, collect and transport non-hazardous waste for the entire Greek territory, and has its own ultra-modern quality control-quality assurance department for the analysis and certification of the produced primary material.
In addition, the following management systems are applied:

ISO 14001: 2015 Environmental Management

ISO 9001: 2015 Quality Management.

K. Kanellakis S.A is the first Greek company distinguished with the certification EucertPlast EN 15343,being one of the leading certified European plastic recycling companies."


Frontiers in Sustainability  aims to empower scientists to become far more involved in the sustainability discussion and ensure that their research results are openly and freely accessible to other researchers, industries and policy makers. This transdisciplinary journal brings various disciplines and sciences together to foster a holistic and integrated approach to a multidisciplinary discourse, addressing complex adaptive systems engineering, sustainable process design, practical production, environmental, resource use and sustainability challenges that cannot be tackled in isolation. The journal contributes in advancing Goal 8, 9 and 12 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Academic Partners

Hellenic Association for Energy Economics
The Hellenic Association for Energy Economics is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, research organization, dedicated to providing an interdisciplinary forum for the exchange of knowledge, information & experience among energy industry experts, academic, government and other professionals interested in energy economics. (
Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania
Τhe International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) is a Mediterranean intergovernmental organisation composed of 13 Member States (Albania, Algeria, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia and Turkey). It operates through its 4 Institutes based in Bari (Italy), Chania (Greece), Montpellier (France) and Zaragoza (Spain) and the Headquarters based in Paris. As a key player in multilateral cooperation in the fields of sustainable agriculture and fisheries, food systems, coastal and rural development (
ΕURECA-PRO/ the European University on Responsible Consumption and Production
ΕURECA-PRO/ the European University on Responsible Consumption and Production, which has a 2-fold societal and planetary mission, is the global educational core hub and interdisciplinary research and innovation leader in qualitative environmental and social framework development for responsible consumption and production of goods towards a circular economy and a sustainable future. (

Supporting Partners

United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD)
UNCRD, which was established in 1971 based on an agreement between the Government of Japan and the United Nations, strives to promote sustainable regional development in developing countries with a focus on development planning and management in the context of globalization and decentralization trends, and the growing concern towards global environmental issues and their impacts.(
Laboratory of Energy and Policy of Energy and Environment (LAPTEE)
Laboratory of Energy and Policy of Energy and Environment (LAPTEE) is one of the three laboratories of the School of Applied Arts and Sustainable Design of Hellenic Open University. The research activities of LATPEE are focused on the following fields: Sustainability / Pollution – Pollution Control / Chemical Analysis / Energy / Fuels and Combustion / Valorization of Waste / Impacts of Pollution on Human Health and on the Environment / Tobacco Products / Climate Change / Policy and Economy of Energy and the Environment, Political Ecology, History of the Environment. Moreover, the members of LATPEE support the educational activities of the MSc Program “Environmental Design” of Hellenic Open University (
Intelligent Research Infrastructure for Shipping, Supply Chain, Transport and Logistics
EN.I.R.I.S.S.T. is a unique and pioneering Research Infrastructure that aims to fill a significant existing research gap in the fields of Shipping, Supply Chain and Transport in Greece. It combines the collection and processing of data (with the aim of protecting privacy and copyright), the development of innovative models and programming techniques, the development of useful applications, secure and user-friendly, and finally the development of digital observatories aimed at support for public and private stakeholders (businesses, public bodies, research organizations, etc.). In this way, the vision of EN.I.R.I.S.S.T. is to become a center of excellence that will promote and support research in its scientific fields.
The objectives of EN.I.R.I.S.S.T. are:

· Develop an intelligent research and business platform to support key economic activities and small and medium-sized enterprises active in the areas of research infrastructure interest.
· Collect, process and provide researchers and users with information & tools on national & international passenger & freight transport including sea, air, inland and intermodal transport.
· Support stakeholders in original research, investment plans and policies (academic community, researchers, infrastructure operators, private & public companies, policy makers)
· To create a multi-dimensional institution of economic & research development for Greece, by creating new & enhancing existing networks that will ensure the flow of knowledge & information


The main objective is to promote research outputs in the field of data management in the sector of transport. Special emphasis will be given to spatial analysis in order to improve the accessibility of remote regions such as Thrace. The special session is supported by Intelligent Research Infrastructure, Shipping, Supply Chain, Transport and Logistics Plus (EN.I.R.I.S.S.T.+) research project, which is co-financed by Greece and the European Union - European Regional Development Fund and consists of 4 partners (Educational Institutions). The EN.I.R.I.S.S.T.+ project is an extension of the unique national research infrastructure EN.I.R.I.S.S.T., in the fields of shipping, supply chain and transport in Greece, which is already successfully implemented.
The objectives of EN.I.R.I.S.S.T. PLUS are:

· Develop an intelligent research and business platform to provide information and support decisions on spatial economics and accessibility;
· Develop KPIs and Decision support tools towards passenger and freight accessibility through the critical infrastructure in region of Thrace;
· Support stakeholders in original research, investment plans and policies (academic community, researchers, infrastructure operators, private & public companies, policy makers)
· To promote the concept of sustainable development of critical infrastructure by reviewing issues on the base of circular economy and valuable investment on infrastructure.

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Josep-Maria Arauzo-Carod
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