CERTH is a legal, non-profit entity organized under private law, under the auspices of the General Secretariat for Research and Technology of the Greek Ministry of Development. Founded in 2000, CERTH is one of the leading research centers in Greece and listed among the TOP-20 EU research institutions with the highest participation in competitive research grants, employing over 800 people.
The Centre’s department of Solid Fuels Technology and Applications (ISFTA), located in Ptolemais and Athens, participates in the LIFE TERRA project. ISFTA’s researchers have a long track record of successful participation in EU and nationally funded projects. Key areas of expertise include research and technological development (RTD) activities on fossil fuels and renewable energy sources, including biofuels, energy savings and smart cities, as well as environmental protection technologies, with emphasis on CO2 capture and utilization technologies and restoration activities.
CERTH has a key role in the Region of Western Macedonia through their contribution to the strategic plan for restoration activities in the framework of the post-lignite era. To this direction, CERTH promotes and applies low carbon projects with emphasis on the innovation and the recovery of lost jobs within the critical period of energy transition and post-lignite era.
Regarding LIFE Terra project, CERTH will be the responsible for the large-scale tree plantation in the Region of Western Macedonia in cooperation with the local authorities and the Public Power Corporation. In addition, CERTH will lead the activities concerning the LCA tool focusing on the environmental assessment of the project.
CERTH participates in the Life Terra project as an implementation associate providing support responsible for the citizen and professional plantings in Greece.