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The EurObserv'ER barometer (2013-2016) (EUROBSERVER)

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The EurObservER built on the know how acquired through 13 years of experience and extended the scope of its indicators and analysis to the integration of Croatia and the provision of a complete set of investment indicators by:
  • The bimonthly publication of 16 thematic barometers with the most up-to-date energy indicators and trends in policy and industry in the 8 RES sectors (wind power, photovoltaic, solar thermal and concentrated solar power, geothermal heat pumps, solid biomass, biogas, municipal solid waste, biofuels) covering the 28 Member States.
  • The publications of "The State of Renewable Energy in Europe" in English and French (2013-2015), assessing the development of all RES sectors in the 28 Member States, in the specific light of the 2020 mandatory targets.
These publications have put forward the socio economic impacts of RES sectors expansion in terms of employment and turnover. The project has also produced an analysis of RES investments with indicators on assets financing and breakdown of sources per sector and country and the creation of RES indexes from national stock exchanges. Selected case studies have showcased innovative financing schemes with a view to highlight their replicability potential. The activities have been accompanied by intensive communication towards target groups in 7 languages : French, English, Polish, German and Romanian. Italian and Spanish translations were produced thanks to partnerships with ENEA and ERA SOLAR magazine.

Results

  • Implementation of EurObserv’ER’s methodology for calculating the 2020 objectives of the renewable energy directive 2009/28/CE (share of RES in the total gross final energy consumption).
  • The extension of the monitoring to the investment dimension through two complementary outputs: macroeconomic indicators on private investments (reported in each of the RES sectors) and a selection of microeconomic cases of innovative financing schemes.
  • 16 thematic barometers and 3 overview barometers which are ready-to-use monitoring tools on the latest trends observed in the RES markets through energy data, industry figures and policy analysis and that can help market players to fine-tune their strategies.
  • The creation of the Bridging Reports in 2014 in order to close the gap between the Progress Reports submitted by Member States in 2013 and 2015 regarding their progress towards the 2020 targets.
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Lessons learned

  • The number of EU countries that have already reached their 2020 targets is increasing, from 2 MS in 2012, to 5 in 2013, to 9 in 2014 (BG, HR, CZ, EE, IT, LT, RO, FI, SE). Once the target is reached, the countries seems to stay above the target in the following years as well.
  • During the studied period (2012-2014), additional production came more from the electricity sector than from the heat sector (in absolute terms), with wind power and PV as main providers.
  • The methodological requirements from the RES Directive contributed to a better knowledge of RES production throughout the EU, with a series of consolidations dealing mostly with the biomass and the heat pump sectors.
  • Regarding transport, only 90% of biofuels consumption can count for the 2020 transport target. This equals to a reserve of almost 1,500 ktoe if all biofuels were certified.
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Contact

Observatoire des énergies renouvelables
France
Contact point: 
Name: 
Yves-Bruno Civel
Tel: 
0033 1 44 18 00 80
Name: 
Yves-Bruno Civel
Tel: 
0033 1 44 18 00 80
Name: 
Diane Lescot
Tel: 
0033 1 44 18 00 80
Name: 
Diane Lescot
Tel: 
+33 (0)1 44 18 73 53

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Duration:
01/05/2013 to 31/03/2016
Contract number: 
IEE/12/753

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