The first twelve Greek Energy Scouts presented their efficiency projects to a jury at the Athens National Library of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center on January 28. The three best teams among the Energy Scouts have been awarded. Present at the event were Prof. Dr. Ing. Athanassios Kelemis, Managing Director of the German-Hellenic Chamber of Industry and Commerce and about 40 guests.
Ioanna Zitogiannou and Nikos Provis of Icon Group won the first prize. Their topic was “Microclimate at the work place – saving energy through the use of natural resources”. They argued that planting shady trees in front of the windows and greening the indoor workplace can save up to 25% on the cost of ventilation and air conditioning.
Eleni Outsiou from Lidl Hellas was placed second with the optimization of the energy management in their markets. The core aspect is the installation of a strip curtain between storage and the loading ramp, which reduces the air conditioning cost and the possible insect infestation in fresh products and thus contributes to a better hygiene and helps avoiding waste.
Stefanos Vasilakis and Stefanos Kaliamoutos from Palmyra Beach Hotel dedicated themselves to replace the fuel for the hot water supply from diesel to natural gas. Also, they replaced the electrical tumble dryer with an efficient gas-driven one and got rewarded with the 3rd prize.
Criteria for the assessment of the four-member jury included the innovation level and the expected reduction of CO2 emissions within the company. In a five day seminar that took place a few months before, young employees from various companies went through the Energy Scout training. In their efficiency projects, they applied their newly acquired knowledge in the field of energy and resource efficiency. In spring/summer of 2019, new Energy Scouts will be trained again in Greece. Interested companies are invited to contact the German-Hellenic Chamber of Industry and Commerce.