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Greece launches Gr-Eco Islands Initiative, with €100 mlllion budget, on the island of Halki.
Halki (Χάλκη – Chalki) is a small Greek island in the Dodecanese archipelago in the Aegean Sea, about 9 km (6 mi) west of Rhodes. The island remains untouched by mass tourism but is a prime destination for relaxation and very close to cosmopolitan island of Rhodes for daily excursions.
The project aims at providing residents with lower electricity bills, reducing environmental pollution, and upgrading energy and telecommunications infrastructure including 5G networks.
An addition to the project initially announced in July is a solar-powered boat, which was designed and built by a Greek family enterprise in the nearby island of Patmos. The electric boat will offer excursions around Halki, providing an ecotourism element to the project.
The inauguration included the delivery of six electric vehicles, donated to the Dodecanese island by Citroen and ALD Automotive, and the electric boat from tobacco industry Papastratos.
Halki is the first in its GR-eco Islands initiative slated for the energy transition, as the government is setting up an Island Decarbonization Fund to see the insular part of the country shift from carbon-based power to renewable energy sources and improve its environmental footprint.
Sources: Bloomberg, Kathimerini PVmagazine