European focus on the energy efficiency of public sector building

2018-10-08 15:06:00   |   Author: Hoppál Krisztina Rita

The EUROSAI Working Group on Environmental Audit (EUROSAI WGEA) published the results of the cooperative audit on the energy efficiency of public sector buildings. In this particular international audit – in cooperation with seven other supreme audit institutions – the State Audit Office of Hungary also took part. The EUROSAI WGEA shared a cooperative audit video of the topic on the most frequently watched video-sharing portal.


The EUROSAI Working Group on Environmental Audit held its annual meeting and seminar on 25-28th September 2018. The international cooperative audits performed by the members of working group had been discussed on the final day of the professional session. Among others, the cooperative audit on the energy efficiency of public sector buildings, conducted and published in the near past, was also presented.

The Supreme Audit Institutions of eight EUROSAI member countries (Hungary, Slovakia, Belgium, Portugal, Latvia, Bulgaria, Estonia and Lithuania) have concluded a cooperative audit on the topic. The aim of the audit was to determine how the participating countries have implemented the respective requirements of the European Union Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and the Energy Efficiency Directive.


On the 2nd of July 2018, the State Audit Office of Hungary published its report on the Hungarian audit. The audit of the SAO concluded that in Hungary the strategic documents, conforming to the aims of the European Union, determined a toolkit to ensure the realization of actions for the renovation of public sector buildings in order to improve their energy efficiency. Plans are also included in these strategic documents to reduce the energy demand of new public sector buildings to almost zero from 2019 – found the SAO.


The audit found that the efforts towards fulfilling the public sector’s leading role in the field of energy efficiency of buildings – a central requirement of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) – should have been greater and more systematic. As it turned out, a significant potential for energy savings awaits to be tapped in this field. Public sector can lead the way in efforts to increase the rate of renovations by prioritizing energy efficiency in its own buildings and thus fostering the creation of necessary know-how in terms of new technologies and building methods.

The results of the cooperative audit had been published in form of report and video too.


You find the report here.
The video can be reached below:


The press release can be read here.


Krisztina Rita Hoppál
International Relations Officer