Austrian Know-how for Cyprus

Experts of the Umweltbundesamt provide support in implementing European standards for energy efficiency

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Vienna/Nicosia, 25. January 2018 – Cyprus has set itself the target of saving at least 20% of its current energy consumption by 2020, in line with the European Union's guidelines. To accomplish this goal, the Cypriot Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism strengthens its effort in implementing the Energy Efficiency Directive (Directive 2012/27/EU) and the Directive on the Energy Performance of Buildings (Directive 2010/31/EU). The Umweltbundesamt, the Environment Agency Austria, will support the Cypriot authorities in this project with their know-how in the area of energy efficiency, IT-solutions and in awareness raising. The project is funded by the Structural Reform Support Service of the European Commission. 


Main areas of cooperation


In the upcoming 18 months the experts of the Environment Agency Austria together with their Cypriot partners will elaborate a scheme for the quality control of energy audits in compliance with the requirements of the Energy Efficiency Directive and related European and Cypriot Standards. Databases which will allow more efficient monitoring of energy audits and building inspections will also be developed, as well as computational solutions for monitoring the annual energy saving achieved due to the implementation of energy efficiency measures in Cyprus. In addition selected awareness raising activities will be implemented also in collaboration with the Cypriot Energy Agency. These activities aim at improving energy efficiency in relevant sectors and at fostering cooperation and know how exchange between relevant stakeholders.

The Environment Agency Austria in a Nutshell


With more than 500 staff members from 55 scientific disciplines, the Environment Agency Austria is the largest organisation of experts in the environment sector in Austria and a leading adviser in environmental matters. The Environment Agency stands for the transformation of the economy and society to ensure sustainable living and lays the groundwork for decision-making at local, regional, European and international level.


The Environment Agency Austria has a demonstrable track record of successful projects in more than 60 countries – from the new EU Member States to the Western Balkans, the Middle East, the Maghreb countries and Asia. It gives advice to UN and EU institutions and works as a partner in more than 200 national, European and international networks, bodies, and working groups.


Further information:

Ingeborg Zechmann, Press Officer Environment Agency Austria, phone: +43 1 31304 5413