ENVIRONMENT

We provide a comprehensive range of services to help public and private sector organisations to assess, quantify and manage a sustainable environment...

Waste Management

We provide expertise required to manage waste Collection, transport, treatment and disposal of waste together with monitoring and regulation in the EU legal and regulatory framework..

Environmental Permitting

For every project that could adversely affect during its implementation, construction and operation, the environmental conditions of an area, an application to the competent permitting authority must be submitted...

Enviromental Risk Management

A Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) or a business plan is considered to be a prerequisite in order to identify the priorities and goals for a region’s sustainable growth with respect to the environment...

Contaminated Land

VM&A’s commitment to the environmental compliance is delivered through the successful undertaking of projects concerning the rehabilitation of contaminated land such as illegal landfills...




Environment

We provide a comprehensive range of services to help public and private sector organisations to characterise, assess, quantify and manage their relationship with the natural environment and to prepare for a changing climate. We are particularly delicate due to the complexity of the issue when advising on environmental legislature and policy at a national level. Environmental management, audit and due diligence VM&A delivers corporate and project environmental programmes, developing strategy, implementing effective operational management practices and reporting on performance. Resources and waste management VM&A offers a wide range of capabilities, from strategy and policy development to planning and permits for the design, procurement and project management and waste treatment technology and infrastructure.

Sustainability: A wealth of technical expertise at VM&A enables clients to incorporate sustainability into their strategies, projects and operations. Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) To ensure that environmental considerations are integrated at the earliest stage of policies and programmes, VM&A draws on a wide range of technical skills to undertake SEA. Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) VM&A has vast experience of undertaking complex and challenging assessments in many development sectors at a domestic level. Ecology VM&A's ecologists work on all types and scales of projects, minimising risks to programmes and costs, and improving the value of completed schemes.


For every project that could adversely affect during its implementation, construction and operation, the environmental conditions of an area, an application to the competent permitting authority must be submitted. VM&A acts as the environmental technical and/or financial advisor on behalf of the applicant, usually the Contracting Authority, in order to draft and compile the necessary studies and documents for acquiring respective permits/approvals including monitoring the procedure as a whole.

A Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) or a business plan is considered to be a prerequisite in order to identify the priorities and goals for a region's sustainable growth with respect to the environment. VM&A has been assigned, amongst others, to revise the Waste Management Plans of several Regions in Greece when facing serious environmental issues, which could potentially deteriorate the inhabitants' health and the environment.

VM&A's commitment to the environmental compliance is delivered through the successful undertaking of projects concerning the rehabilitation of contaminated land such as illegal landfills. Through our extensive experience as environmental technical advisors, we deliver to our clients' optimal solutions via completed design and appropriate environmental studies to technical solution and procurement.



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WATER

The work of VM&A’s water specialists ranges from strategy and policy development to the detailed design of facilities, river engineering, and flood risk management and water resources planning and testing...

Wastewater treatment

Waste Water Treatment Directive is one of the major water policy tools in Europe. Its objective is to protect the environment from the adverse effects of discharges of urban waste water...

Wastewater networks

VM&A offers an integrated and innovative approach to wastewater network optimisation and sustainable drainage...

Desalination

VM&A makes a real difference to delivering reliable water supplies, or to maintaining and enhancing ground water quality...




Water

Water is an increasingly important but unevenly distributed resource globally. The work of VM&A's water specialists ranges from strategy and policy development to the detailed design of facilities, river engineering, and flood risk management and water resources planning and testing.

Our aim is to implement all projects in compliance with EU legislation something that has been challenging mainly due to financial and planning aspects related to major infrastructure investment such as sewerage systems and treatment facilities. VM&A supports the water, wastewater and water-related environmental sectors with services from water strategy planning and flood management to infrastructure design, procurement, construction and maintenance.

VM&A proposes the potential limits of the project (physical limits and design horizon in time); Identifies potential alternatives; Evaluates well-established sewage and water treatment technologies that may be used. Our work has covered an extensive range of projects including surface and groundwater resource assessments, the production of regional water management strategies, and the evaluation of well field management options.


VM&A wants to make a real difference to delivering reliable wastewater services to municipalities. We examine the challenges facing water utilities and wider stakeholders, as they move towards a more integrated and innovative approach to wastewater network optimisation and sustainable drainage. VM&A assists municipalities towards achieving this challenge while helping improving policies and strategies at a local level.

VM&A wants to make a real difference to delivering reliable water supplies, or to maintaining and enhancing ground water quality. Water is coming under increasing pressure from demographic and climatic changes. Treatment processes play a key role in delivering safe, reliable supplies of water to households, industry and agriculture and in safeguarding the quality of water in rivers, lakes, and aquifers and around coastal areas. VM&A offers a complete solution package to our clients' water supply and treatment challenges.



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POWER

VM&A’s experience in waste to energy and energy from renewable resources projects has been acquired throughout the years via their successful management and implementation...

Energy from waste and biomass

VM&A have proved after dealing extensively with the waste management that biomass can be used effectively as an alternative fuel...


Hydro-Wind power generation

VM&A helps developing and delivering power generation projects utilising a variety of technologies...


Energy efficiency

VM&A consults public and private clients’ at all administrative levels so as to accomplish their goals set towards energy efficiency...





Power

VM&A's experience as environmental/technical consultant and/or project manager in waste to energy and energy from renewable resources projects has been acquired throughout the years via their successful management and implementation. Our services include providing domestic and international public and private sector clients with advice on renewable energy strategy and implementation, carbon markets, and climate change.

VM&A specialises in renewable energy consultancy for wind turbines, solar PV, biomass, heat pumps and anaerobic digestion. Our services include feasibility for combined heat and power and biogas. We aim at providing consultancy to help local communities conduct feasibility for available Funds regarding large-scale renewable energy systems. We understand what a successful global power project development requires. We offer an in-depth understanding of modern power station engineering and design, as well as the institutional, operational, regulatory and contractual frameworks surrounding a power project.



VM&A helps developing and delivering power generation projects utilising a variety of technologies. These include renewable energy solutions utilizing wind, hydro and solar. VM&A can assist the power generation market to successfully seek solutions and procure and implement power projects.

Every country's commitment to the environment includes its determination to promote green investments, the use of renewable energy sources and the sustainable use of power and energy. VM&A consults public and private clients' at all administrative levels so as to accomplish their goals set towards energy efficiency and the current trend of circular economy.



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INFRASTRUCTURE

We provide a comprehensive range of services to help public and private sector organisations to characterise, assess, quantify and manage a sustainable environment

Logistic centers

VM&A is implementing projects via a Public Private Partnership serving as a catalyst to growth of the rural and urban area economies...

Thematic parks & culture

VM&A is assigned with various projects concerning the design, construction, development, management and operation of thematic parks & culture centres...

Digital planning

In a rapidly evolving digital world, VM&A has transformed its services into providing technical advisory for digital planning projects...

Urban development

Business planning and strategic management are as important in the public sector as they are in any other sector of the economy...




Infrastructure

Our contribution as consultants on Infrastructure projects during the pre-contractual or implementation phase so as to reach the outcome set from the contracting authority (Regions, Local Authorities, Municipalities etc.) has been characterised from our clients as crucial.

VM&A was assigned with all technical, legal and financial aspects of various investments such as logistic centres, thematic parks and culture installations and successfully designed and prepared all procurements processes for such investments. Nowadays, municipalities and regional authorities are in need of redesigning their services and promoting their local products and values translated into modern ideas. VM&A plays a vital role in realizing such goals that could be funded by central and regional operational funds. Our main objective is to use our expertise on the pre-contractual procedures for infrastructure projects via designing the best procurement procedure so as to provide the necessary technical and financial consultancy to authorities and private investors in order to achieve their goals timely.




During the last few years, VM&A was assigned with various projects concerning the design, construction, development, management and operation of thematic parks & culture centres via a Public Private Partnership that allowed contracting authorities not only to use our expertise on the field of PPP concessions but also to acquire additional specialised knowledge.

In a rapidly evolving digital world, VM&A has transformed its services into providing technical advisory for projects that will lead communications and the exchange of information through digital media to meet the new age's requirements.

Business planning and strategic management are as important in the public sector as they are in any other sector of the economy. Local authorities need to plan their future direction on the basis of the best strategic fit between the resources available to meet stakeholder needs and expectations and the environmental conditions which prevail. Strategies help councils to think through what they want to achieve and how they will achieve it. Putting strategies into practice and acting strategically ensures that councils are focused on the things that really matter - not buffeted by events or short-term distractions - and are able to allocate their scarce resources accordingly. This requires both vision and the ability to prioritise. VM&A helps Local Authorities accomplish that via strategic management, business planning and monitoring in every programming period according to new EU and governmental rules and local priorities.



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TRANSPORT

VM&A is consulting several investors and contracting authorities in developing a financial and a technical business plan for several large motorways and maritime projects in Greece...

Highways


VM&A is consulting several investors and contracting authorities in developing a financial and a technical business plan for several large motorways..

Maritime

During the past years VM&A have consulted public authorities for major maritime projects...





Transport

Transport planning and design is becoming essential in our business getting prepared to meet long term policy and investment decisions for a sustainable future.

Delivering an appropriate and sustainable transportation network for the 21st century is one in a lifetime opportunity. VM&A is heading into successfully planning, designing and enabling urban transport and environmental improvements across all scales of developments such as airports, marinas and city smart transportation. We aim at designing successful transport strategies and provide our clients a range from strategic policy advice and performance management, through all aspects of procurement stages.

VM&A consulted several investors and contracting authorities in developing a financial and a technical business plan for several large motorways in Greece.

During the past years VM&A have consulted public authorities not only during the pre-contractual but also during the contractual phase of maritime projects. Our latest achievement is the Marina at Nafplio, which is going to be the first Marina in Greece implemented via a PPP.



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Sector Project Title Description Region
Environment - Waste Management Construction of an integrated solid waste treatment unit in Magnesia Waste management planning is the cornerstone of any national, regional or local policy on waste management. The establishment of a plan allows taking stock of the existing situation, defining the objectives that need to be met, formulating appropriate strategies, and identifying the necessary implementation means. Nowadays, the drawing up of local waste management plans in line with the Waste Framework Directive (WFD) is mandatory. VM&A assisted Volos Local Authority to draft a local waste management plan according to legislation. The plan covers the entire geographical territory of Volos and is in line with national waste management planning and in line with the provisions of Article 1 WFD (protection of environment and human health by preventing or reducing the adverse impacts of the generation and management of waste and by reducing overall impacts of resource use and improving the efficiency of such use), Article 4 WFD (the waste management hierarchy), Article 13 WFD (protection of human health and environment), and Article 16 WFD (principles of self-sufficiency and proximity). Volos is now designing the construction of an Integrated Solid Waste Management Treatment Unit in Magnesia planned to treat approximately 63,200tn of waste. Thessaly
Environment - Waste Management Technical Advisor on waste management projects for co-financed projects in Pylos- Nestoros Local Authority This is a sorting and composting unit that aims to treat around 12,500tn of waste in Pylos-Nestoros Local Authority. VM&A assisted the Local Authority in identifying their local needs and designing a waste management project at a local level. Apart from technical advisory and support, our work involved drafting of all tender documents and technical specifications for successful procurement and completion of the project. Peloponesse
Environment - Waste Management Integrated Waste Management Study for Mykonos Local Authority Mykonos Island is characterised by intense seasonality features when it comes to waste management. Waste quantities almost double during summer and this requires careful planning. VM&A assisted Mykonos in drafting their local waste management plan according to current legislation and in line with the WFD. Mykonos waste management plan deals with the problem of waste generation, collection and disposal during the summer months (approximately 2,250tn of waste during August) and during the winter months (approximately 377tn of waste). Mykonos now has plans for managing construction waste. Aegean
Environment - Waste Management Construction of a Waste Treatment Unit in Alexandroupolis Local Authority There are two key areas of European legislation that a new waste project has to consider: the Landfill Directive and the revised Waste Framework Directive. The Landfill Directive aims to prevent, or minimise, the negative effects on both the environment and human health caused by landfilling of waste. It has and will continue to have a significant impact on landfill practices in Greece as it bans certain materials from being landfilled, it requires waste to be pre-treated before it is landfilled and requires improvements to landfill management. Alexandroupolis Local Authority has planned a waste treatment unit to be implemented in its boarders for treating approximately 155,000tn of waste. VM&A supports Alexandroupolis Local Authority in the procurement stage carried out via a competitive dialogue procedure and will be heading to successfully signing off the PPP agreement. Macedonia Thrace
Environment - Waste Management Design, Financing, Construction, Maintenance and Operation of a Waste Treatment Unit The project will be a "turn-key" one, with the contractor undertaking funding, design, construction, maintenance and operation of the overall system for 27 years, with construction of foreseen installations financed by public and private funds and with guaranteed optimal operation level through-out its overall life span. The project is providing an environmentally sound waste management solution and will contribute to reducing volumes of landfilled waste, reducing environmental impacts through adequate treatment of the biodegradable waste fraction. This PPP in a non-building sector in Greece, will constitute a positive model for the promotion of more environmentally integrated waste management projects, on a regional level, throughout the country, by leveraging public funds, creating added value, safeguarding citizens' health and protecting the environment in West of Greece Region. VM&A is the financial advisor for Hlida Local Authority throughout procurement and up until signing off the PPP agreement. Western Greece
Environment - Waste Management Technical Advisor for waste management projects in the Crete Region VM&A acts as a Technical and Financial Advisor of the three waste management projects in Crete, in Amari, Heraklion and Siteia. Heraklion project concerns technology improvements to the current waste management treatment unit that operates a bio-drying technology producing SRF. 10 Amari and Siteia are both planned to operate via anaerobic digestion technology. VM&A assisted the Region in maturing all three projects via preparing the detailed design and finalising all procurement and potential funding application documents. Crete
Environment - Waste Management Technical consultancy on tender issues during the competitive dialogue procedure for the project: All of the procurement procedures provided for in the Procurement Directive (i.e. open, restricted and negotiated procedures and competitive dialogue) appear to be in use to procure PPPs. This said, according to a survey carried out by EIB, competitive dialogue is more frequently used than other procurement procedures. Competitive Dialogue was created by the 2004 Public Procurement Directives as a new and more flexible solution for public authorities wanting to award contracts for complex projects such as the "Integrated Waste Management System in Peloponnese Region via PPP". Competitive Dialogue is now firmly established in Europe as a means of awarding complex public contracts. VM&A carried out the Competitive Dialogue procedure for the "Integrated Waste Management System in Peloponnese Region via PPP" on behalf of Peloponnese Region and successfully completed a technical advisory role to this end to the Region and its administrative departments. Competitive Dialogue aims to make it easier for the public sector to avoid legal challenges in awarding complex infrastructure contracts. This project was the first project in Greece where Competitive Dialogue was ever applied. Peloponnese
Environment - Waste Management Technical Advisor to the Peloponnese Region in designing, funding and implementing the Region's recycling policy Peloponnese Region waste policy aims to have the potential to contribute to reducing the overall negative environmental impact of resource use. Preventing waste generation and promoting recycling and recovery of waste will increase the resource efficiency of the Region's economy and reduce the negative environmental impact of use of natural resources. This will contribute to maintaining the resource base, essential for sustained economic growth. The basic objectives of current Regional waste policy - to prevent waste and promote re-use, recycling and recovery so as to reduce the negative environmental impact - are still valid and will be supported. The long-term goal is for the Region to become a recycling society that seeks to avoid waste and uses waste as a resource. VM&A assisted Peloponnese Region drafting its recycling strategy and implement policy into actions funded by the Operational Program for Environment and Sustainable Development. Peloponnese
Environment - Waste Management Integrated Solid Waste Management System of Thessaloniki via a PPP This PPP project involves the design, financing, construction, maintenance, facility management and operation of a new integrated waste management system for a period of 29 years. The private partner will design, construct, maintain and operate a solid waste treatment plant of the northwestern unit of the Prefecture of Thessaloniki. The waste plant will include a treatment and an exploitation unit as well as a sanitary landfill. The unit will have a capacity of approximately 400,000 t/a. The project is estimated to be worth approximately 240 million € (plus 20 % insurance cost and heavy maintenance cost) and is currently in the phase of preparing an appropriate procurement procedure. VM&A, member of a consortium, which comprised of a technical advisor, a legal and a financial advisor, was committed to act as the financial advisor during the procurement process up until signature of the PPP agreement. Macedonia
Environment - Waste Management Environmental Policy Advisor for the Council of Local Authorities in Greece on restructuring local authorities' role in environmental policy and in relation to central government Over the last 15 years profound changes have taken place within the policy and institutional context of strategic planning for waste management in Greece. In addition to the significant influence of the sustainability discourse on policy innovation and the reconfiguration of institutional arrangements and policy networks, there have been growing political and public interest, and tensions, in the regionalisation of waste management via appropriate bodies. Drawing on concepts developed within urban-regime theory and debates on institutional capacity building, it was argued that a new form of governance for waste planning awaits to be seen. Hence, Regional Waste Management Bodies were enforced by law. VM&A played a vital role in redesigning policy and practice concerning that area. VM&A critically evaluated current situation, appraised the results and finally drafted all relevant legislation and statutory documents concerning the merging of all local management bodies into a regional waste management body, one at every region. Greece
Environment - Waste Management Business development for the green and organic waste treatment of the region - Development of an alternative inerts management system on the island of Crete VM&A designed a proposal for an alternative construction waste management system on the island of Crete. In planning a construction project, it is important to understand what excess materials are likely to be generated and then focus on how the generation of those excess materials can be avoided. Hence, a proposed construction waste management plan was developed. The key objectives were to: 1. Minimise the amount of waste generated as part of any construction project; 2. Maximise the amount of material which is sent for reuse, recycling or reprocessing; and 3. Minimise the amount of material sent to landfill. Crete
Environment - Environmental Permitting Consultancy to the beneficiary of the Interim Management Authority (IMA) of Peloponnese Region for the Integrated Solid Waste Management Action in order to accelerate the procedures of the environmental permitting VM&A acted as the environmental technical advisor to the Interim Authority of Peloponnese Region regarding all the stages of the environmental permitting of the project: ''Integrated Waste Management System in Peloponnese Region via a PPP''. The stages for acquiring Environmental Impact Assessment Study approval therefore approved environmental terms for the project included:
- Evaluation and submission of the Environmental Impact Assessment Study to the competent authority;
- Participation during the competitive dialogue concerning amongst others the controversial issue of the project's location; and - Approval of the Environmental Terms of the project on 09.07.2014
(A.P. 173714/9.7.2014, ΑDΑ: ΩΙΛΔ0-7ΗΤ1).
Peloponnese
Environment - Environmental Permitting Business Plan for the regional waste management body for the waste management of the 3rd Administrative Unit of Prefecture of Korinthos During our cooperation with the competent Regional Waste Management Body, our team provided technical, financial, administrative and policy consultancy for the successful procurement of the necessary permits and approvals for the Body's appropriate operational activity including acquiring a solid waste collection and transfer permit; an organization-operation study for the collection and transfer system; application and approval of the environmental terms; permit for disposal, exploitation of the temporary waste storage or transfer. VM&A, acting as the environmental/financial advisor of the regional waste management body, also completed the following assignments:
- Outline of the required personnel, infrastructure and supplies for the unobstructed operation of the regional waste management body - Organization chart;
- Analytical determination of the annual management cost of the regional waste management body;
- Four year Business plan re: regional waste management body's operation;
- Marketing plan, financial management and administration.
Peloponnese
Environment - Environmental Risk Management Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the revision of the Waste Management Plan of Central Greece Region The Central Greece Region assigned VM&A to revise and update the regional Waste Management Plan due to the release of the new national waste management plan (July 2015), the new national prevention plan of waste generation and the funding conditionality set by the European Commission for the new programming period of 2014-2020. The development of a Strategic Environmental Assessment Study was the first necessary step in order to set the new targets for waste collection, treatment (recycling, reuse, recovery) and disposal according to the latest data of waste production at the Central Greece Region. Moreover, implementation methods for waste prevention were proposed as well as integrated waste management facilities for the regional administrative unit. VM&A's mission was first to describe accurately the Region's environmental conditions, waste generation and current waste management and then, through an extensive evaluation of three alternative scenarios, to propose the most efficient and sustainable integrated waste management plan towards 2020 to meet the Region's needs taking into account the results of its potential environmental impacts. Central Greece
Environment - Environmental Risk Management Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the revision of the Waste Management Plan of Peloponnese Region The Peloponnese Region assigned VM&A to develop the Strategic Environmental Assessment Study for the Waste Management Plan's (WMP) revision of Peloponnese Region. The necessity of the revision came as the effect of the following three factors: the release of the new national waste management plan (July 2015), the new national prevention plan of waste generation and the funding conditionality as set by the European Commission for the next programming period 2014-2020. VM&A conducted an extended research on the current regional environmental and waste generation & management status and then performed an analysis of three alternative scenarios so as to propose the most suitable, efficient and sustainable integrated regional waste management plan for the years 2015-2020. The environmental assessment proved that the implementation of the WMP will positively affect the Peloponnese Region's environment, society and economy. Peloponnese
Environment - Environmental Risk Management Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment of the Regional Business Plan of Peloponnese Region for the New Programming Period 2014-2020 VM&A delivered the Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment Study of the regional business plan of Peloponnese Region for the years 2014-2020, which included the evaluation of four different implementation methods of the regional business plans and their environmental impacts. The implementation method selected was the one that contributed on the sustainable growth of the Peloponnese Region promoting at the same time the society, the economy and the environment of the Region. Peloponnese
Environment - Environmental Risk Management Environmental Advisory for Kifisos Management Body VM&A acted as the environmental advisor for Kifisos river management and regeneration body in order to deliver a Business Plan outlining the Body's strategic goals and priorities as well as the operational procedures for its services within a detailed 5-years plan (2010-2015) for all actions included. The four (4) priority pylons taken into account and developed from our consultants via a Business Plan were the administrative reforming and modernization of Kifisos Management Body; implementation of the current national and European legislation; rehabilitation, preservation and improvement of the natural environment around Kifisos river; regeneration of the Kifisos river area; awareness-raising and informative actions targeting the area's stakeholders (inhabitants, local bodies etc.) Attica
Environment - Contaminated Land Rehabilitation of illegal landfills in Peloponnese Region Peloponnese Region was confronted until recently with the fact that untreated waste was disposed at 23 still active illegal landfills occurring to fines of millions of euros per year. The financial burden for the Region and more importantly the environmental disaster caused would have been irreversible if the Rehabilitation of the 23 active and the 58 inactive illegal landfills was not set as priority from the Peloponnese Region. Therefore, VM&A acted as a technical advisor and delivered complete rehabilitation studies with a proposed solution for each one of the three distinguished landfill categories according to the given technical and economical restrictions. Peloponnese
Infrastructure - Logistic centers Freight transit center and related works (Heavy vehicles station), at the former Fertilizer Industry (AEVEAL) VM&A was assigned to consult Ptolemaida Local Authority on the exploitation of the former Fertilizer Industry AEVAL, which was operating on the area from 1965 to 1997 and on its premises significant industrial infrastructure is available for future use. The consultants delivered a master plan and a marketing plan for two possible uses, namely a Freight transit center and a Heavy vehicles station. All legal, technical and financial aspects, including a risk analysis were taken into account when implementing the project via a PPP. At the last phase of the assignment, VM&A delivered to the Local Authority the complete tender documents for the project: "Design, construction, financing and a 25-years concession for a freight transit center at an estate owned by Ptolemaida Local Authority" Macedonia
Infrastructure - Thematic parks & culture Development of the area former used as municipal camping of Mhlina, Sipiada Local Authority Sipiada Local Authority's intention was to proceed with the redevelopment of an area previously used as the municipal camping of Milina and create recreational areas, playgrounds, sports facilities for children and event halls. VM&A consulted the Local Authority on selecting the right type of agreement and tendering procedures with the private entity that will serve its goals for sustainable growth via the implementation of the project: ''Design, construction and operation of recreational areas and children's sports facilities at an 15-acres area owned by Sipiada Local Authority''. Thessaly
Infrastructure - Thematic parks & culture Ecology Park via PPP in Falaisia When the Falaisia Local Authority decided with proceeding developing an Ecology Park, VM&A acted as the consultant during the pre-contractual phase of the project implemented via a Public Private Partnership. VM&A advised the Local Authority on selecting the right type of agreement and tendering procedures with the private entity that will serve its goals for sustainable growth via the implementation of the project: ''Construction, financing and a 25-years concession of a natural reserve and a touristic resort at an estate owned by Falaisia Local Authority''. Peloponnese
Infrastructure - Thematic parks & culture Regeneration infrastructure master plan via PPP for Kalymnos Local Authority VM&A was assigned to consult Kalymnos Local Authority for the implementation of investments on the infrastructure sector via a PPP. VM&A delivered among others a Master plan and several feasibility studies for the following possible investments:
- Construction, operation and maintenance of a hotel
- Completion of existing infrastructure for the construction, operation and maintenance of a storage area for diving equipment, recreational areas and restaurants
- Construction, operation and maintenance of facilities for the swimmers including restaurants and recreational areas in combination with the exploitation of the hot springs at Therma, Kalymnos Island
- Construction, operation and maintenance of a Desalination Unit
- Ship operation for the secluded areas
- Mining area.
Aegean
Infrastructure - Thematic parks & culture Restoration and reuse of the Tzivre complex at Soufli Soufli Local Authority assigned VM&A to implement via a PPP the project: "Restoration and reuse of an abandoned silk factory, former known as Tzivre, owned by Soufli Local Authority". VM&A was able to consult the Local Authority after compiling feasibility studies, several sensitivity and risk analysis, including a financial model. During the pre-contractual procedures, the Local Authority selected the right type of PPP and accomplished all the required actions according to national legislation (Law 3389/2005), guided at every stage from our experts on PPP concessions. Finally, we drafted the tender documents for the open tendering procedure according to the MD 60/2007. Thrace
Infrastructure - Digital Planning Technical advisor for the monitoring of the Information Society's Projects, on behalf of the Special Coordination Directorate of the Ministry of Development & Competitiveness VM&A was selected to be the technical advisor for assisting the Information of Society on the implementation and monitoring of critical projects already assigned and projects that are about to be assigned to a preferred bidder. VM&A developed a managerial system which facilitated the communication between all people involved and maintained the continuation of the project's implementation via various instruments. such as Gantt Charts, Risk Register, Issues log, Status and Progress Reports on a monthly and bimonthly basis. The main projects we were involved in were the following: National Registry, Syzefxis II, Rural and ICT4Growth. As Technical Advisors, we worked on a daily basis together with the project managers of the Society of Information and we succeeded in resolving many issues that could prevent the continuity or even the completion of a project. Our contribution to the project: Rural Broadband in rural "white" areas and development/exploitation services of the infrastructure" was considered critical especially regarding the amendment of the Major Project Request under EU legislation. The total expenditure of ca. 161 mi € shall be distributed to three large geographical units (LOT 1, LOT 2 and LOT 3). Greece
Infrastructure - Urban development Consultancy providing the relevant know-how and good practices examples for the organization of the Peloponnese Region regarding the implementation of PPP agreements VM&A helps Local Authorities accomplish urban development via strategic management, business planning and monitoring in every programming period according to new EU and governmental rules and local priorities. The Peloponnese Region was about to implement the complex infrastructure project: ''Integrated Waste Management System in Peloponnese Region via a PPP'', which would resolve once and for all the Region's inadequate facilities for waste treatment and disposal. Therefore, VM&A took over a recompilation of important for the expertise transfer data regarding the management of PPPs in Greece and Europe on waste management. Peloponnese
Infrastructure - Urban development Investment plans of the regional authorities for local development (PETA SA) VM&A helps Arm's Length Bodies accomplish urban development via strategic management, business planning and monitoring in every programming period according to new EU and governmental rules and local priorities. Information, training and local development SA (PETA SA) assigned VM&A, member of a consortium, to provide assistance on the recompilation of data concerning projects, proposals and business plans of the local authorities for certain actions and their evaluation; design and development of an integrated information system; presentation of the evaluated and the submitted projects. Greece
Infrastructure - Urban development Development and promotion the tourism of the city of Athens (EATA SA) in order to accelerate the implementation and achievement of the development targets as set at the Regional development plan of Attica VM&A helps Arm's Length Bodies accomplish urban development via strategic management, business planning and monitoring in every programming period according to new EU and governmental rules and local priorities. As the technical consultant of the Athens city Development and Touristic Promotion Company (EATA SA), we managed to speed up the implementation and as a consequent to reach successfully the targets of the Regional development plan on the sectors: quality of life; health and safety; social cohesion and economic growth. Attica
Infrastructure - Urban development Sustainability Business Plan for the development of green activities in Central Greece Region VM&A helps Local Authorities accomplish urban development via strategic management, business planning and monitoring in every programming period according to new EU and governmental rules and local priorities. The main objectives of the study were: the outline of the current situation; identification of restrictions/opportunities on the field of green investments; comparison to best case studies from Southern Welfare Model countries; financial opportunities (NSRF, other EU and private funds including equity etc.); implementation and risk analysis. Central Greece
Infrastructure - Urban development Technical advisor for actions concerning tourism, Interim Management Authority (IMA) of Central Greece Region VM&A helps Local Authorities accomplish urban development via strategic management, business planning and monitoring in every programming period according to new EU and governmental rules and local priorities. 19 We provided technical consultancy to the IMA of Central Greece Region and the final beneficiaries during the phases of the final beneficiaries' support, the preparation of proposals, the proposals' evaluation and finally the implementation of the funded projects concerning actions for tourism's development in the Region. Central Greece
Infrastructure - Urban development Construction of underground parking spaces at Psychiko Local Authority VM&A helps Local Authorities accomplish urban development via strategic management, business planning and monitoring in every programming period according to new EU and governmental rules and local priorities. Our main objective was to use our expertise on the pre-contractual procedures for infrastructure projects via a PPP so as to provide the necessary technical consultancy to Psychiko Local Authority in order to achieve its goal for transport infrastructure development via the construction of underground parking spaces nearby the scheduled metro station and other places (Business plan 2008-2010). Attica
Infrastructure - Urban development Construction of a commercial center with an underground car park in Ptolemaida VM&A helps Local Authorities accomplish urban development via strategic management, business planning and monitoring in every programming period according to new EU and governmental rules and local priorities. Due to our technical consultancy which included the delivery of a master plan, a marketing plan and drafts of the tender documents, the Ptolemaida Local Authority was capable to proceed with the open tendering of the project: ''Design, construction, financing and a 25-years concession of a mall and an underground car park''. Macedonia
Infrastructure - Urban development Master Plan for development investments and basic infrastructure at Feneos Local Authority VM&A helps Local Authorities accomplish urban development via strategic management, business planning and monitoring in every programming period according to new EU and governmental rules and local priorities. Our role was to provide an extensive assessment of all the potential projects contributing to sustainable development investments on infrastructure at Feneos Local Authority achieved via feasibility studies, financial analysis and a master plan, that addressed the Local Authority's specific characteristics and needs. Peloponnese
Infrastructure - Urban development Development plan 2007-2010 for Thebes Local Authority VM&A helps Local Authorities accomplish urban development via strategic management, business planning and monitoring in every programming period according to new EU and governmental rules and local priorities. Our consultants joined forces with the interdisciplinary project team of Thebes Local Authority during the development of the municipal strategical plan, the business and financial action 20 municipal plan for the next four years (2007-2010), the monitoring and reporting of the scheduled actions undertaken from the Local Authority's departments and legal entities. Central Greece
Infrastructure - Urban development Construction of an administrative center, an underground car park and square redevelopment of Fyli Local Authority VM&A helps Local Authorities accomplish urban development via strategic management, business planning and monitoring in every programming period according to new EU and governmental rules and local priorities. Our contribution to the implementation of the project started with the development of the financial model, a risk analysis, feasibility studies and several sensitivity analysis. Using our experience on the field of PPPs and project management we were able to identify the critical path of the implementation plan and successfully consult the Local Authority on every relevant aspect. Attica
Transport - Maritime Marina at Nafplio via a PPP The project concerns the construction of a touristic marina at the city of Nafplio (Greece), 500 meters north from the existing harbor, with a capacity of 210 docking spots and an estimated most frequent visit of 8 to 12 meters-length boats. VM&A was selected to act as the technical advisor during the pre-contractual procedures for the implementation of the marina via a PPP. The scope of works for the technical advisor is to assist the Peloponnese Region on the selection of the most suitable tendering procedure, for example via competitive dialogue, and deliver the tender documents. Attica
Transport - Maritime Expansion and modernization of the existing marina, development of the adjacent property and construction of a sea-sports center at Xylokastro Local Authority VM&A's assignment was to assist Xylokastro Local Authority during the pre-contractual procedures so as to implement the most suitable solution for the project. Eight different proposed projects were assessed via a feasibility study and a master plan was compiled during the first phase of the contacting period. VM&A delivered the tender documents for the following projects:
- Design, construction, financing and a concession of a city-hall and a car park place
- Management concession of public buildings situated at the marina of Xylokastro
- Design, construction, financing and a 25-years concession of a thematic park
- Management concession for the operation and development of the marina and similar services.
Peloponnese
Transport - Maritime Real estate development for Hotel - Conference Center and Marina construction in Ntamouhari, Mouresi Local Authority, Prefecture of Magnesia VM&A assisted Mouresi Local Authority evaluate and select the most appropriate solution between three different projects via a feasibility study, a master plan and a marketing plan. The tender documents for the project: Construction, financing and a 25-years concession for the Condominium hotel - entertaining, cultural and exhibition center were delivered to the contracting authority according to the agreed time schedule. Thessaly
Water - Wastewater treatment Installation of a wastewater treatment Plant in Nemea Nemea Local Authority decided the construction of a wastewater treatment plant via a design and construction process. VM&A provides all the necessary technical assistance in issues regarding the preparation of tender documents and publication of contact notice. VM&A also provides technical assistance during the procurement procedure up until the contract signature. Peloponnese
Water - Wastewater treatment Construction and Operation of Sewerage Networks - Water supply, Wells, Desalination Plant and the new Wastewater Treatment Plant, Gazi Local Authority, Island of Crete The project in Gazi (an area which totals approximately 13,500 of population) involved the design and development of the sewerage network and a waste treatment plant in the area. The area is characterised by a rather touristic profile, yet there was no infrastructure to this end. The same project involved the development of a Desalination Plant of a total capacity of up to 20,000m3 per day coming from Almyros River. VM&A took over a preliminary recompilation of data, mainly regarding general geography of the region (maps 1:50,000), climate (temperatures, winds, rain, evaporation), general socio-economic level of the population, preliminary estimate of flow quantity and quality, and projections, existing sewage and water network and treatment facilities, availability of land to construct the plants and land cost, availability of energy and energy cost. After recompilation of data VM&A proposed the potential limits of the project (physical limits and design horizon in time); Identified potential alternatives for the disposal of the treated effluents and water treatment options; Proposed sewage and water treatment technologies that may be used; Performed a preliminary estimate of project cost; Identified potential financial sources for the project; Prepared all funding application documents and; Prepared the procurement procedure to contract. The Managing Director of Water and Sewage Disposal Company (the Contracting Authority) of Gazi wrote a thank you letter for all the hard work VM&A's finance and technical team has invested into the project and how the team corresponded to everything promptly and at a very high level of expertise. Crete
Water - Wastewater treatment Construction and Operation of the Water supply, irrigation and sewer networks, Desalination Plant and the new Wastewater Treatment Plant, Gouves Local Authority, Crete The collection and treatment of wastewater result into point source pollution load that is discharged into the environment which depending on the treatment provided can be reused. When there is absence of collection and treatment facilities, the untreated wastewater adversely influences the environment. The project in Gouves (an area which totals approximately 7,500 of population but there are over 50 workers unions with a right to build in the area) involved the design and development of the sewerage network and a waste treatment plant in the area. The same project involved the development of a Desalination Plant of a total capacity of approximately 3,500 m3 per day. VM&A conducted a feasibility study concerning the aforementioned infrastructures; prepared all funding application documents as required by EU legislation and; prepared all documents required for successfully procuring the project. Crete
Water - Wastewater treatment Construction of sewerage networks and a Wastewater Treatment Plan - Operation of the sewer system, Rafina Local Authority The project in Rafina (an area covering approximately 19,000 acres, only 25 Km away from the capital), involved the design and development of the sewerage network and a waste treatment plant in the area. The short distance between Rafina and Athens on one hand, combined with the high quality of natural environment on the other hand promoted Rafina to be an important touristic center in Eastern Attica. There is a trend for many Athenians to move from city center to periurban areas and Rafina is one of their favored options. VM&A had to evaluate the needs in sewage networks and wastewater treatment plant and to assist Rafina local authority in developing the best available solution that sets priorities, such as the modernisation of current infrastructures, the protection of public health, the touristic growth of the area, the profit generation for Rafina local authority and job creation through the implementation of the project. Attica
Water - Wastewater networks Implementation of the Athens Water Supply and Sewerage Public Company's Plan in the area of eastern Attica, on the mainland Greece and abroad Athens Water Supply and Sewerage Public Company (EYDAP SA) is the water supply and sewage management Company in the capital of Greece, Athens. With more than 4,3 million of clients (over 2 million of connections), EYDAP SA was founded in 1980 and since then continues to provide its services in water supply and drainage, in developing water supply and sewage networks not only in the region of Attica, but also in other regions via delegation contracts with local authorities. In this framework, EYDAP SA aims in expanding its services in East Attica Region, in mainland Greece and abroad. VM&A, through this project, was assigned to find the best financial tools for the implementation of the designed actions. Attica
Water - Wastewater networks Construction and operation of the water supply networks, N. Erythraia Local Authority Water supply networks are one of the major infrastructures that every local authority has to provide to its citizens. By improving the water supply network (through minimizing the leakage, re organizing the network, finding alternative water sources), the environmental and the economic footprint of the water consumption is minimised. VM&A was addressed to point the best solution for the improvement and the optimisation of the water supply network in Nea Erythraia. For this reason parameters such as the current status and the existing operation of the water supply network, the consumptions and the needs, alternative solutions for the water supply were thoroughly examined. The proposed Master Plan took into consideration the socio - economic consequences from the implementation of the works, the provision of the incomes and the costs and the current legislation. Attica
Water - Wastewater networks Integrated management system for water resources, sewerage network and wastewater treatment plant, Evrostini Local Authority Evrostini Local Authority through the project "Integrated Management System for Water Resources - Sewage Network - Wastewater Treatment Plant" assigned VM&A the technical assistance in developing a Master Plan for the design of infrastructure via using the best available technics and resources. The existing sewage and water network and treatment facilities in Evrostini region were examined and the goals in developing infrastructures were set. The technical - economic feasibility of the proposed facilities of sewage treatment was examined through NSRF 2007-2013 program. Socio-economic consequences from the implementation of the proposed works were analysed and the basic characteristics of the Social Acceptance Index were designated. Peloponnese
Water - Wastewater networks Strategic Planning of wastewater networks at Ioannina Local Authority The development of rain water and sewage networks has significant strengths and major weaknesses. One of the major issues that has to be dealt in advance is the financing of the designed actions. VM&A thoroughly examined all the available financing tools (NSRF 2007-2013, Thiseas program, Funds from Epirus Prefecture, PPP) in order to designate the appropriate one. Through the implementation of the project, public health and environment will be protected, aesthetic nuisance will be reduced and land market value will be increased. The proposed project will address drainage issues in the local authority of Ioannina and its municipal districts. The results of the project has significant social acceptance. Epirus
Water - Desalination Desalination Plant in Sami, Kefalonia The water supply in Sami through the exploitation of brackish water in Karavomilos area was examined through this project. A financial Master Plan was conducted for this reason taking into account the basic water supply infrastructures and the best available resources and procurement methods, as well. The existing water supply facilities were examined and the goals for their improvement were set. The financing of the proposed solutions was also examined, via the available financing mechanisms (NSRF, National Funds, Private Funds and Equity). VM&A, taking into account the National and the European legislation, developed the financial model for the proposed solutions. The cost per cubic meter was examined for end users and the most favorable solution, from technical point of view was prepared for the local authority of Sami. Ionian
Water - Desalination Desalination Plant at Almyros, Gazi Local Authority, Prefecture of Hrakleio, Crete The project in Gazi (an area which totals approximately 13,500 of population) involved the design and development of the sewerage network and a waste treatment plant in the area. The area is characterized by a rather touristic profile, yet there was no infrastructure to this end. The same project involved the development of a Desalination Plant of a total capacity of up to 20,000m3 per day coming from Almyros River. VM&A took over a preliminary recompilation of data, mainly regarding general geography of the region (maps 1:50,000), climate (temperatures, winds, rain, evaporation), general socio-economic level of the population, preliminary estimate of flow quantity and quality, and projections, existing sewage and water network and treatment facilities, availability of land to construct the plants and land cost, availability of energy and energy cost. After recompilation of data VM&A proposed the potential limits of the project (physical limits and design horizon in time); Identified potential alternatives for the disposal of the treated effluents and water treatment options; Proposed sewage and water treatment technologies that may be used; Performed a preliminary estimate of project cost; Identified potential financial sources for the project; Prepared all funding application documents and; Prepared the procurement procedure to contract. The Managing Director of Water and Sewage Disposal Company (the Contracting Authority) of Gazi wrote a thank you letter for all the hard work VM&A's finance and technical team has invested into the project and how the team corresponded to everything promptly and at a very high level of expertise. Crete
Power - Energy from waste and biomass Lenders' Technical Advisor (LTA) services in relation to an overview of biogas sector in Greece

Assigned to conduct a research on behalf of our client, we used every possible source available so as to acquire the necessary knowledge and understanding of the current situation of the biogas sector in the European territory. Only through this thorough process, we were capable to estimate macro- and microscopic the possible future trends of the sector. VM&A delivered an overview of the biogas sector in Greece which consisted of the following main components:
- Institutional framework of the renewable energy sources (RES) in Greece and Europe
- Biogas current situation and future trends in several European countries such as Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus etc.
- Biogas current situation and future opportunities in four major study areas in Greece.

Greece
Power - Energy from waste and biomass Sub-consultancy Lenders' Technical Advisor (LTA) services for the project "Services concerning the biogas sector in Greece" for a project assigned to be funded by the Black Sea Bank As a Lenders Technical Advisor, VM&A committed to deliver an extended outline of the biogas sector in Greece. The consultants researched the current situation of the biogas market in Greece as well as the main stakeholders involved, the national legislation concerning the renewable energy sources (RES) and the main initiatives undertaken from the government to promote the biogas sector. Then selected case studies of biogas plants on the Mediterranean area (3 from Greece and 2 from Italy) with a capacity between 0.5 and 1.5MW were analysed in order to compare financial figures (capital, operation and maintenance costs) of plants with similar capacity. Greece
Power - Hydro-Wind power generation Construction of a wind turbine park in the island of Lesbos Utilisation of renewable energy resources (such as wind and hydro power) is a priority in islands that are far from the mainland and their energy needs vary according to tourism. In this project, the local authority of Eresos-Antissa decided to procure the project ''Construction of a wind turbine park in Eresos - Antissa , Prefecture of Lesvos''. VM&A was addressed as technical advisor during the procurement process, which was to lead to a Public-Private Partnership agreement. Technical assistance in preparation of Tender documents, during Tender and evaluation process, during negotiation phase with the candidate contractors and signature of the contract, were the stages of the project that VM&A assisted the Local Authority of Eresos-Antissa. Aegean
Power - Hydro-Wind power generation Construction of a wind turbine park in the island of Ios Local authority of Ios through the project "Integrated system of renewable energy sources through hydro-wind electricity and hydrogen generation in Ios Island" aimed at the disengagement of the Island from fossil fuels and to the conversion of Ios Island to a green Island. VM&A provided technical assistance to Local Authority of Ios in completion of the Pre-contractual process in this intended Public-Private agreement. Through the project, a list of parameters were examined (technical specifications, Master Plan, Implementation parameters, socio-economic criteria etc). The national and European legislation were taken into account for the selection of the proposed tender process. Aegean
Power - Hydro-Wind power generation Water Resources and Small Hydroelectric Projects management at Agria Local Authority, Prefecture of Magnesia Agria Local Authority (Prefecture of Magnesia) aimed at the Integrated and multiple utilisation of springs. VM&A provided technical assistance in the pre-contractual process in a Public-Private partnership of the local authority of Agria. The best available solution for the utilisation of springs was examined. The proposed solution was the construction, operation and technical management of small hydro-electric power stations and water management facilities. The project estimate reached 10 million euros. Through the proposed solution, a number of parameters were covered: irrigation needs of Agria region are granted and the available water quantities are increased, irrigation needs for areas close to Agria agglomeration are now granted, energy utilisation of water capability through small hydro-electric power stations. Thessaly
Power - Energy efficiency Analysis of the energy efficiency policies and strategies for cities, policy proposals, strategic plan for energy saving for Piraeus Local Authority, Operational plan & supportive actions to the Green Investment Office The Municipality of Piraeus has ca. 164.000 inhabitants (census 2011) and is one of the largest municipalities of the Attica Region. Due to its strategic location, the port of Piraeus is considered to be one of the most important harbors across the Mediterranean and Europe. Therefore, the need for sustainable use of power and energy is constantly increasing in order to maintain the economic growth of the area. The Green Investment Office of Piraeus Local Authority is obliged to implement energy efficiency policies and strategies according to the national environmental legislation and the new waste management plan (July 2015). We worked together so as to come up with a plan that will promote the reuse of resources and the use of renewable energy sources (RES) according to the Local Authority's specific needs and power resources. Attica
Power - Energy efficiency Advisor for the Special Secretariat Public Private Partnership (PPP) Committee of the Ministry of Competition in Greece regarding legal and financial issues when blending structural funds and private funds in PPP environmental projects such as cities' di The Public Private Committee of the Ministry of Competition required an expert's opinion on implementing projects of district heating financed by NSRF funds. The Ministry's commitment to environmental issues and promotion of renewable energy sources found with VM&A's contribution its practical application to projects co-financed by private and public funds. We used our expertise on the field to deliver a detailed report on the current legal framework and the necessary legal and technical parameters for implementing such a project. Moreover, the actual stages and actions for the successful implementation of a district heating project via a PPP with a NSRF funding were outlined. Greece
Power - Energy efficiency Policy Advisor for the Department of Air Pollution, Ministry of Environment in Greece on the implications of new EU policy regulations and further reporting mechanisms on air pollution and noise control The Ministry of Environment proceeded to the necessary equipment procurement for the establishment of a National Air Pollution Monitoring Network (NAPMN) and the control of the sources responsible for air pollution. VM&A acted as the policy advisor and performed a thorough research on the existing operational procedures of the NAPMN so as to provide an optimisation plan for its operation and the implementation of its commitments according to the national legislation, the European directive 2008/50/EC (CAFE) and the administrative reforms deriving from the Law 3852/2010. Greece


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