Consultancy services; Education and research
- Our sustainability mission
The agency’s work is dedicated to developing and securing a more environmentally sustainable future for the public and the local authorities of Cyprus. Amongst others, the agency’s work scope consists of assisting municipalities in reducing their carbon emissions through the development of Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans. Additionally, securing funding for the implementation of energy efficiency improvements and pilot sustainability solutions in communities, schools, and low-income households. Lastly, the agency often participates, leads, and acts as the national representative in international programs aiming to fund, guide and pilot sustainability initiatives in Cyprus.
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Carbon Emissions (or CO2e)
The Cyprus Energy Agency pledges to lead by example and become net-zero carbon by 2023
The CEA is currently preparing an action plan for the monitoring and implementation of the progress towards net zero that will include establishing an office point of contact responsible for ensuring the goal is achieved. The agency plans on providing live tracking of its performance on the organization's website and an annual report summarizing the trends and challenges observed. A plan of action, monitoring indices and a pledge officer will be established by the end of the first trimester of 2022. By 2023 become net-zero carbon emissions.
A small nonprofit organization, the CEA is located in Nicosia, Cyprus. In 2012 the agency moved its operations into an old building in the historic center of Nicosia, renovated, and significantly improved the building's energy efficiency rating by installing double glazing in all openings, energy efficient heating and cooling systems, and upgrading all equipment to Energy Star rated. The agency moved all paperwork to digital while also replacing its physical server with an online cloud. The agency is currently planning the installation of a green roof and solar PV array for its offices. When installed, the panels will produce enough electricity to cover most of the office’s energy needs while the green roof will provide much-needed green space for the biodiversity of the historic urban center. The roof will not only act as a carbon sink but will also be a testbed and a showcase of the green roof technology for effective replication in Cyprus.
In 2020 the agency started offering incentives to employees that choose to travel to and from work using alternative modes of transport, such as buses, biking, and walking. Currently, 20% of the employees have secured additional paid leave because of their transportation choices. The shared office car will be upgraded from hybrid to electric in the upcoming years while an electric charging station will be installed in the public parking used by the office employees. Business air travel and all accommodation will be offset by 2023. All plastic and paper products are recycled and composting of organic waste has been introduced. All office supplies are EcoLabel certified and/or recycled.
By becoming net-zero by 2023, the Cyprus Energy Agency hopes to not only guide others but actively change its own operations to match the greater goal of reducing carbon emissions locally and globally.
Status date: Progress updated (12/04/2023)
Data source: https://www.cea.org.cy