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The EurObserv'ER barometer backs the new RES Directive (EUROBSERVER2020)

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The EurObserv’ER barometer has been since 1999 the tool that makes it possible to measure the progress made by renewable energies in each member state in an as up-to-day way as possible. EurObserv’ER produces a series of energy indicators that are analysed so as to give the main trends of a given RES sector on a member state and EU-level. Every two month a new barometer is posted on all the partners’ websites. The EurObserv’ER barometer helps energy stakeholders to grasp in a very synthetic way the latest developments in the RES sectors and to forecast the short and middle term evolutions that will affect them. In this programme the EurObserv’ER barometers will adapt to the requirements of the new RES directive, specially the monitoring of the 2020 objectives.


  • Creation of a methodology of calculation of the 2020 objectives of the renewable energy directive 2009/28/CE (share of RES in the total gross final energy consumption) and publication of the results for the year 2009, 2010, 2011 in a chapter of "The state of renewable energies in Europe", 10th, 11th and 12th EurObserv’ER Reports.
  • 15 barometers were released and disseminated. Their focus and date of release was as follows: • Wind energy – February 2011, February 2012, February 2013 • PV energy - April 2011, April 2012, April 2013 • Solar thermal – June 2011, June 2012, June 2013 • Biofuels – July 2011, July 2012 • GSHP – October 2011 • Biogas and RMW – October 2012 • Solid biomass - December 2011, December 2012
  • 2 overview barometer were created and disseminated including a description of level of development of each RES sectors in Europe, a synthesis of indicators on employment and turnover.
  • A project internet database containing all the indicators published throughout the project. All indicators are downloadable in excel files on the project website homepage:
  • 7 regional case studies in the 2011 and 2012 overview barometers focusing on regional policies successfully implemented to spur the regional development of new RES investments.

Lessons learned

  • or most of the EU Member States, the current rise in the share of renewably-sources energy in gross final energy consumption is in line with the indicative trajectories set out in Annex I of the RES Directive. Many countries, such as Sweden, Estonia, Romania, Austria, Portugal, Germany and Italy, have even overshot their individual targets. Across the EU the renewable energy share has increased by 4,4 points since 2006, rising from 9% to 13,4%.
  • In general, the level of details of indicators for renewable energy is increasing in all European Union countries. Communication efforts of official bodies on these sectors are also increasing, particularly in countries of Eastern Europe. The recognition and interest for the EurObserv’ER project facilitate the collection of information from these organizations.
  • Monitoring of socio-economic indicators in the different sectors gradually began to organize themselves. Several countries conducted national surveys on jobs and economic activity in the renewable sectors. This area is better followed although some sectors, such as those relating to biomass, still lack regular indicators. Overall, socio-economic figures are now evolving in connection with the energy indicators and help to complete the analysis of the evolution of RES in Europe.

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Observatoire des Energies Renouvelables
Contact point: 
Diane Lescot


In brief

01/06/2010 to 31/05/2013
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