The Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH) is based in Komotini, Greece and has campuses in the Thracian cities of Xanthi, Komotini, Alexandroupoli and Orestiada. DUTH has eight (8) faculties and twenty (20) departments in four cities. The total number of students is approximately 30,000. The university is state-owned and fully self-administered.

The Department of Production & Management Engineering was established on 2000 offering high level of research and education on the science and technologies related to engineering. The Laboratory of Environmental Management and Industrial Ecology is one of the laboratories of the Department. The main objective of the laboratory’s research activities is the environmental sustainability growth of industrial systems through the development and adoption of sustainable practices and strategies. The specific laboratory aims to realistic and applicable solutions based on holistic and innovative approaches and tools. It also provides high quality education to undergraduate and graduate students of the Polytechnic School. The ultimate goal of the Laboratory is the development of a cooperation network, which will be able to promote and effectively implement the principles of sustainable development.