Monitoring the Energy Efficiency Pillar for Climate Neutrality

Newsletter n°1 - February 2023

News from the project

Launch of the new phase

The new ODYSSEE-MURE project has been launched for the 2022-2024 period in November 2022 in virtual.

Integration of Energy Community countries

With the continuation of the ODYSSEE-MURE project from November 2022 onwards, its geographic scope was enlarged further to cover the Energy Community region. The Energy Community is an international organisation which brings together the European Union and its neighbours to create an integrated pan-European energy market. The key objective of the Energy Community is to extend the EU internal energy market rules and principles to Contracting Parties – currently including Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Kosovo*, Serbia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
Energy efficiency has been high on the agenda of the Energy Community in recent years. The Energy Efficiency Coordination Group is discussing the obligatory implementation of Directives and Delegated Regulations on Energy Efficiency, on Energy Performance in Buildings, on Energy Labelling and Eco-Design triannually with Ministries and partners from Contracting Parties.
In November 2022, the highest decision making body of the Energy Community, the Energy Community Ministerial Council, adopted 2030 targets to reduce primary and final energy consumption, accelerate the uptake of renewables and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. Contracting Parties now need to map out the policies, measures and plans to deliver on their 2030 targets and submit these as part of their National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) by mid-2024. Immediately after, they will need to start reporting to the Energy Community Secretariat on the status of implementation and the progress towards their targets.
The Energy Community Secretariat highly welcomes the ODYSSEE-MURE project, as it will support these planning and reporting efforts in the region. Work and findings will allow Energy Community Contracting Parties to see where exactly they stand in terms of energy efficiency and related policies, how this compares to neighbours and what works particularly well in-country and elsewhere. The exchange between national teams from the Energy Community region and the EU will provide the chance for mutual learning and strive for better policy support.
*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

Project training

The ODYSSEE-MURE network will organise several trainings on energy efficiency monitoring and evaluation until 2024. A first session will be organised in April 2023 in Croatia.
More information about next training sessions: contact us (only for public authorities !)

Aggregate energy efficiency indicators up to 2020 for all EU countries

The ODYSSEE database on energy consumption, their drivers and energy efficiency indicators has been updated to 2020 for aggregate data and basic indicators. Aggregate data are now coming from Eurostat and other horizontal sources (EEA, DGMOVE, etc.).
The detailed energy efficiency indicators up to 2020 will be available in April 2023.
Ask for a free access to the database (EU ministries and institutions, universities for academic purposes) or trial version

Publications from countries

Energy Efficiency of Data Centers in Finland

Published in November 2022
The energy efficiency of data centers is subject to a lot of new European regulation, which improves the availability of sustainability data, develops energy management and promotes use of the waste heat generated in cooling. In Finland, new data centers are already energy efficient, often use renewable energy, and progress has been made in utilizing waste heat.

Energy Efficiency of the Commerce Sector in Finland

Published in November 2021
This study investigated energy efficiency indicators in the commerce sector in Finland and compiled results and examples of policies and measures and energy efficiency work already done in the sector. The study includes an estimate of the waste heat potential in the sector. In addition, data was collected on Swedish activities in energy efficiency indicators and in waste heat in the commerce sector. Despite uncertainties related to the indicators, they suggest that the energy efficiency level of the commerce sector in Finland is good in comparison with international benchmarks.

Forecasting the costs of the energy efficiency obligation scheme in Hungary

Available in Hungarian only
The study presents the theoretical background of the energy efficiency obligation systems (EEOS), different types of EEOS at international level and the lessons learned. The EEOS introduced in Hungary from 1 January 2021 is analyzed, as well as the expected costs according to four different scenarios and the possible pressure on energy price increase. As a summary, recommendations are made in order to improve the effectiveness of the newly introduced policy measure.

Other publications

ENSMOV report on 12 policy recommendations to implement and EED energy savings obligation in a Fit for 55 world

Although the trilogues on Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) recast are ongoing, Member States know that they will have to make their energy efficiency policy measures more ambitious, pivot away from fossil fuel combustion technologies and focus delivery on energy poor households.
The 12 policy recommendations in this report flow from the likely shape of a revised EED, aligned with the goals of the Fit for 55 Package, REPowerEU and the EU Save Energy plan, and provide Member States with pointers for the adaptation of their policy frameworks.

ENSMOV synthesis report of policy outcomes at the national levels

This report summarizes the main findings of ENSMOV at the European Member State level in relation to the implementation of new MRV systems and measures to implement Article 7 of the EED. Country factsheets based on the National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) and the ENSMOV Knowledge Transfer Platform are presented, providing information on Article 7 measures and the status and improvement of MRV. These are complemented by the results of an online survey and interviews to gather feedback and assessments from national experts.

IEECP report about the impacts of policies to decarbonize residential buildings on energy poverty in CEE/SEE countries and mitigation strategies

In May 2022, to better understand how to measure and identify energy poverty and evaluate the adequate policies, IEECP established for the European Climate Foundation a study divided into 3 workstreams. The 3 studies provide deep insights into the 10 countries with the highest energy poverty levels in the EU (Bulgaria, Czechia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Spain) as well as Europe as a whole.
This December 2022, IEECP releases the update of this work, focusing on 7 countries (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia). The present study outlines how the changes in energy prices deriving from the market distortions in 2022 will influence the impact and implementation of three EU policies in the long term.

JRC report “Analysis of the Reports on 2020 Targets under Article 27 of the Governance Regulation – Energy Efficiency”

This report assesses and discusses the progress and the achievement of the 2020 Energy Efficiency targets and the implementation of the provisions of the Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU (EED), providing an overview of the main energy trends in the European Union. It builds on the assessment of the National 2020 Target Reports submitted by Member States under Art. 27 of the Governance Regulation. It is also based on the latest available EUROSTAT data and on the information provided by Member States in their Annual Reports 2020 submitted under the EED.
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