Working towards increasing energy efficiency in Serbian public buildings

For the Serbian government, energy efficiency is a high-priority matter. With the Energy Efficiency Law and the Energy Efficiency Action Plan, Serbia has created a legal framework. Despite these efforts, the main problem lies in the fact that the preconditions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions through increased energy efficiency in public buildings are still not favourable. BPIE, through the GIZ project “Energy Efficiency for Public Buildings in Serbia” focuses on improving these preconditions. The main focus, apart from schools, is to foster the full implementation of Article 5 of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED). BPIE provides advisory support to the transposition of energy efficiency requirements in EU directives into the Serban regulatory framework.

In 2016, BPIE assisted GIZ with delivering possible approaches and key steps to implementing the Article 5 of the EED, after having elaborated a definition of central government buildings. As a result, an inventory list of central governmental buildings was developed in October 2017.

BPIE builds on this earlier work and experience and now follows a similar well-tested approach: to explore the legal requirements set out in legislation, investigate approaches in other countries, compare approaches and develop recommendations for Serbia based on the analysis.