Exemplary role of public authorities in accordance with Art. 13 Abs, 5 RES Directive

Updated: 04.01.2019

Author: Georgios Maroulis

In pursuance of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), a study will be carried out to design adequate policies and measures to transform public sector buildings into low energy buildings. Apart from that, every public service building must have an energy performance certificate. This obligation applies mainly to newly built and newly rented buildings and public buildings with a floor area of more than 1000 m². All public buildings should be Nearly Zero Emissions Buildings (NZEB) by 1 January 2019 (art.5a Law No.142(I) 2006).

In addition, an amendment to the Green Public Contracts Programme for 2012-2014 (public procurement contracts based on Law No. 11(I)/2006 and Law No. 12(I)/2006) introduced the following provisions:

  • Incentives for photovoltaic installations on the roofs of government buildings. This incentive applies mainly to schools and military camps. The target is that 50% of these buildings acquire photovoltaic installations.
  • Incentives for the installation of solar panels in schools. Initially, panels were installed in 6 schools for central heating support. After a financial assessment, this measure will be extended to include a greater number of schools.


Public bodies

Competent authority

Energy Service of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism

Further information

4th Cyprus Energy Efficiency Action Plan (09/2017): https://ec.europa.eu/energy/sites/ener/files/documents/cy_neeap_2017_en.pdf 


Further information

Basic information on legal sources