The ODYSSEE MURE project had three main objectives: 1.Evaluate and compare energy efficiency progress by sector for EU countries and for the EU as a whole, and relate the progress to the observed trend in energy consumption; 2.Evaluate energy efficiency policy measures;3.Monitor EU and national targets on energy efficiency, in particular contribute to the monitoring of the Energy Efficiency and Energy Service Directive. This project relied on two complementary and well established internet databases, • ODYSSEE, a database on energy efficiency / CO2 indicators and on the data required for their calculation (energy use data and their socio-economic drivers); • MURE, a database on energy efficiency measures and their impact evaluation. Both of them were widely used for policy evaluation at EU and National level and have become reference tools for many international organisations. To increase their usefulness for policy analysis and evaluation, this project has also updated and expanded these databases to make them more effective support tools. In addition, the project has organised several workshops which served as a forum for exchange of experience, methodologies and results.
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Apart from the updated two databases, several reports have been prepared by the technical coordination and reviewed by national teams for validation. Four reports present energy efficiency trends in the different end-use sector based on the ODYSSEE indicators (macro, industry, transport, buildings indicators reports). Three other reports describe energy efficiency policies in all the EU countries, based on the MURE database (industry, transport, buildings policy reports). In addition two synthesis reports have been prepared: one on energy efficiency trends and one policy. Other reports have been also prepared and made available on the ODYSSEE website with a public access: a brochure on energy efficiency evaluation, a review of energy efficiency targets by country, three reports related to the methodology on indicators (explanatory factors of the energy demand, how measuring the uncertainty of indicators, how to improve the calculation of energy savings by corrections for additional structural changes) and one report on the assessment of energy savings from the EU ETS. In addition to these reports each national team has prepared a country report reviewing energy efficiency and policy trends in its country
A first lesson learnt has been that the economic crisis that struck Europe and part of the world since 2008 had a strong impact on energy efficiency progress, slowing considerably the trends observed before. To a large degree this was due to delayed investment in energy efficiency across all sectors and to low capacity use in the industry sector and transport of goods in particular. This hampers the reactivity of European countries to the still very high energy prices despite the crisis and puts a burden on the economy once growth will be back; this may also contribute to increase the pressure on energy prices. A second lesson is that the economic crisis has enlarged the gap between the large investment needed to further improve energy efficiency, especially in the building sector, and the capacity of public funding. Therefore, Member States and the EU need to design stable mixtures of policy instruments, depending only partially on public budgets in order to provide the required long-term stability to investors in energy efficiency investments. The third lesson is that the interest for energy efficiency indicators and knowledge on energy efficiency policies as developed in the ODYSSEE-MURE project has been increasing a lot at national and EU level with the implementation of Energy Service Directive ESD and the need to monitor the energy savings in the National Energy Efficiency Action Plans (NEEAPs) and to evaluate policy impacts.
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Duration:11/05/2010 to 10/11/2012