Environment, Energy and Climate Change Minister Tina Birbili on Thursday visited Athens’s Agia Varvara district, which is set to become the first green neighborhood.

The “green neighborhoods” pilot programme that will be launched within the next 40 days aims to construct buildings and neighborhoods that consume zero or very low energy, leading to improved microclimate.

The building improvement projects will use materials, techniques and methods with minimal environmental cost and in combination with the implementation of energy saving systems and Renewable Energy Sources (RES) will lead to zero energy balance. The plans also include the environmental upgrading of buildings for optimal water and waste management.