Monitoring EU Energy Efficiency First Principle and Policy Implementation

Newsletter n°5 - October 2021

Update of the ODYSSEE database: Energy efficiency indicators available up to 2019 for all EU countries, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland and the UK

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The ODYSSEE database on energy consumption, its drivers and energy efficiency indicators has been updated to 2019 (and to 2020 for some countries).

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.

Project workshop

The ODYSSEE-MURE project will hold its third and final workshop on November 15th and 16th. The workshop will take place in Zagreb, Croatia, with the possibility to attend online.

Citation of the ODYSSEE-MURE project in the Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on Energy Efficiency (recast)

The ODYSSEE-MURE project, its database and its facilities, are cited 8 times in the proposal for the Energy Efficiency Directive recast. ODYSSEE-MURE is also cited indirectly through the journal article performed by Matthias Reuter (Fraunhofer ISI) in his PhD on decomposition analysis.



Energy Sufficiency Indicators and Policies

On September 28th 2021, the project hosted a webinar: “Energy Sufficiency Indicators and Policies” (by Lea Gynther, Motiva Oy).

The webinar looked at how energy sufficiency is measured, which policies and measures can be used to address energy sufficiency and how they are used in Europe today. Energy sufficiency refers to a situation where everyone has access to the energy services they need, while the impacts of the energy system do not exceed environmental limits. The level of ambition needed to address energy sufficiency is higher than in the case of energy efficiency.

Watch the webinar recording, the recording of the Q&A session that followed and download the presentation.

Webinar on Energy efficiency, structural change and energy savings in the manufacturing sector, with special focus on Denmark

On October 4th 2021, the project hosted a webinar: “Energy efficiency, structural change and energy savings in the manufacturing sector, with special focus on Denmark” (by Peter Bach, Danish Energy Agency).

The webinar presented the energy efficiency improvements in the manufacturing sector since 2000 and highlighted the role of structural changes between the different branches and energy savings, based on ODYSSEE data. It then focused on the development in Denmark and compared the energy efficiency improvement, corrected for structural change, with the reported savings from the Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme.

Watch the webinar recording and download the presentation.

Webinar on Identification of energy savings from the EU ETS through top-down indicators from ODYSSEE-MURE

On October 12th 2021, the project hosted a webinar: “Identification of energy savings from the EU ETS through top-down indicators from ODYSSEE-MURE” (by Dr Wolfgang Eichhammer, Fraunhofer ISI).

The webinar analysed the main interacting mechanisms between the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and the EU Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS) and presented a detailed top-down approach, based on the ODYSSEE energy indicators, to identify energy savings from the EU ETS. As a result, the work identifies the contribution to greenhouse gas emission reductions resulting from energy efficiency improvements, triggered by EU ETS, in both ETS industry and the energy sector.

Watch the webinar recording and download the presentation.

Policy briefs


Are Energy Audits, obligatory measures and support schemes successfully driving energy efficiency gains?

The policy brief shows how Art. 8 of the Energy Efficiency Directive, that mandates energy audits for big companies and recommends it for SMEs, is accepted and implemented in Europe. It explores the type of obligations and support schemes used by a selection of member states to meet the Article and the benefits of its implementation. It was prepared by the Energy and Water Agency of Malta.

How are the Swedish taxes on energy and carbon dioxide related to energy efficiency?

The policy brief explains how energy taxes, implemented early in Sweden for fiscal reasons only, and later carbon taxes became a key and powerful tool for energy efficiency in the country and how it interacts with other policy instruments. It was prepared by Rurik Holmberg (Swedish Energy Agency).

Energy efficiency trends in transport in EU countries

The policy brief presents the last trends on transport energy consumption, transport emissions and energy efficiency gains in the transport sector in the EU since 2000. It also brings out the main factors that explains energy consumption variation, with a focus on the explanation of energy savings. It was prepared by Bruno Lapillonne, Laura Sudries and Estelle Payan (Enerdata, France).

Energy efficiency trends in buildings in the EU

The policy brief presents the last trends on buildings energy consumption in the EU since 2000 and the main factors explaining the energy consumption evolution for both residential and services sectors. It was prepared by Marie Rousselot and Frédéric Pinto Da Rocha (Enerdata, France).

Energy sufficiency indicators and policies

The policy brief explains the meaning of energy sufficiency and then discusses energy sufficiency indicators and policies in the households, transport and services sectors. It also provides some examples of energy sufficiency policies and shows how it can complement energy efficiency policies. It was prepared by Lea Gynther (Motiva Oy, Finland).

Publications from countries


Support for a joint emissions budget for consumers

The report starts from the fact that despite considerable energy savings, final energy consumption has only decreased slightly between 2000 and 2019 in Netherlands, mainly due to the increase of energy-intensive human activities and the change in the kind of activities. To limit those effects, the authors have studied the willingness of people to change their lifestyle towards less-intensive activities or to do their activities in a less energy-intensive way by proposing the implementation of a personal emission trading system. It finds that if the system is set up in a fair way (depending on income, between citizens and companies…), two third of respondents would agree with this kind of system. It was prepared by J. Gerdes and J.V. Stam (TNO, Netherlands, partner in the project).

Energy efficiency in Poland in years 2009-2019

The report evaluates energy efficiency progress during the 2009-2019 period in Poland and gives an overview of energy efficiency policies and measures. It was prepared by Statistics Poland, a partner in the poject, based on ODYSSEE and MURE databases.
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Database on energy consumption, their drivers and energy efficiency indicators for all EU countries (+ Norway, Serbia, Switzerland and the United Kingdom).
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Database on energy efficiency policies and measures, complemented with policy tools.
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Analysis reports on energy efficiency

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