Monitoring EU Energy Efficiency First Principle and Policy Implementation

Newsletter n°4 - March 2021

Update of the ODYSSEE database: EU27 has been added and early estimates of the main energy efficiency indicators up to 2019 are now included in the database

Odyssee database
Following Brexit, we now provide the current EU in the database, in addition to the former EU28. Adjustments to the EU are now made with EU27 and no longer with EU28.

Early estimates of 2019 data, based on a methodology developed by Enerdata for the Odyssee-Mure project, are available online since January.

If you are not registered yet, you can ask for a free access to the database (EU ministries and institutions, universities for academic purposes) or a trial version.

Update of the Market diffusion facility to 2019

The Market diffusion facility compares the diffusion of end-use energy efficiency and renewable technologies across countries through interactive maps.

Update of the Sectoral profiles

The Sectoral profiles, that consist of a set of around 200 interactive graphs and analysis by sector, have been updated by Enerdata to 2018.

Update of the Country profiles

The Country profiles, that synthesise the main energy efficiency trends and policies by country, in English and national language, are being updated: the missing countries will be added progressively.

Update of the European Energy Efficiency Scoreboard

The European Energy Efficiency scoreboard has been improved and updated. It ranks EU countries according to different criteria in terms of energy efficiency trends, levels and policies.

Webinar on Energy efficiency trends in buildings in the EU

On December 8th 2020, the project hosted a live webinar: “Energy efficiency trends in buildings in the EU” (by M. Rousselot and B. Lapillonne, Enerdata).

The brief indicated that the energy consumption of buildings has been steadily decreasing since 2010 despite GDP growth. However, there are large differences in building performance between countries and since 2015, the rate of improvement in household energy efficiency has fallen by 50% (compared to 2000-2014). For electricity, the energy efficiency progress of large electrical appliances does not counterbalance anymore the rapid growth of the consumption of small appliances.

The webinar reached a large audience with around 600 participants and views of the webinar recording.


Webinar on Energy efficiency trends in transport in the EU

On March 30th 2021, the project will host a live webinar: “Energy efficiency trends in transport in the EU” (by L. Sudries and B. Lapillonne, Enerdata).


Policy briefs


The role of Energy Efficiency Measures for a Green Economic Recovery after the COVID-19 Pandemic

The policy brief presents a multi-stakeholder framework to design an economic recovery strategy aligned with sustainability objectives, with a focus on energy efficiency measures. The two-step approach combines modelling and stakeholders’ views to prioritise actions, to find a compromise between timeliness and confidence about the appropriateness of specific policies. It was prepared by Theodoros Zachariadis (Cyprus University of Technology & The Cyprus Institute).

Energy renovation of buildings in Spain and the EU

The policy brief outlines how the retrofitting of buildings can improve energy efficiency and tackle energy poverty through a study of the situation in Spain. It also examines what national policies can be implemented to increase the annual renewal rate. It was prepared by Pilar de Arriba Segurado (IDAE, Spain).

Fuel poverty and energy efficiency in EU

The policy brief explains why measures to tackle fuel poverty require a flexible definition of the phenomenon and highly granular data in order to turn energy poverty reduction from a positive spill over of energy efficiency promotion into a specific policy priority for disadvantaged households. It was prepared by Alessandro Fiorini (ENEA, Italy).

Reducing CO2 emissions of vehicles; a hard problem

The policy brief presents the key factors limiting reductions in energy consumption and CO2 emissions of transport and mobility. It also discusses the relevant parameters for CO2 reduction policies for vehicles. It was prepared by Norbert E. Ligterink (TNO, Netherlands).

Publications from countries


A comprehensive indicator set for measuring multiple benefits of energy efficiency

The paper presents a quantitative indicator approach including 20 indicators to measure the multiple benefits of energy efficiency (environmental, economic and social). The indicator set has been applied to 29 countries (EU28 plus Norway) for the period 2000 to 2015, proving that it allows to conduct in-depth comparisons of developments and differences across Europe. The indicator set also supports the design of well-suited energy policies by allowing to take into account, on an informed basis, more of the multiple impacts of energy efficiency. It was prepared by M. Reuter, W. Eichhammer (Fraunhofer ISI), M. Patel (University of Geneva), B. Lapillonne and K. Pollier (Enerdata).

Energy efficiency of metals production industry in Finland

The report contains information on the difficulties associated with country- and operator-specific energy efficiency comparisons in metals production industry. Despite the difficulties related to comparability, the results suggest that Finnish plants are very energy efficient compared to both European and global comparators. It was prepared by Motiva.
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Unique database on energy consumption, their drivers and energy efficiency indicators for all EU countries (+ Norway, Serbia, Switzerland and the United Kingdom) updated to 2018 (early estimates of 2019).
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Database on energy efficiency policies and measures. Valuable and trusted policy tool including recent measures by country.
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Analysis reports on energy efficiency

Reports, country profiles, sectoral profiles etc, freely available on the Odyssee-Mure website.