The Directorate-General Energy (DG ENER) of the European Commission (EC) oversees the efficiency of the European Union’s energy markets.
Short-term estimates of energy efficiency progress
While progress in energy efficiency is a key component of the European Union’s energy and climate objectives, its assessment is hindered by long delays in the availability of the relevant data (exceeding a year). This negatively affects visibility and perceived relevance of energy efficiency, particularly when compared to trends on renewable energy progress, which benefit from reliable short-term data. This issue became more pronounced during the energy crisis of 2022.
In this context, the European Commission’s Directorate General for Energy (DG ENER) aimed to explore the feasibility of generating reliable short-term indicators for energy efficiency and analysing the impact of various measures targeting energy savings. The associated project was awarded to a consortium comprising Enerdata, Fraunhofer ISI, and Trinomics in late 2023.
Enerdata will lead the project and mainly contribute to Task 1, which involves developing a top-down methodology to estimate short-term energy consumption, GHG emissions trends, and energy efficiency on an infra-annual basis. Fraunhofer ISI will address Task 2, using a bottom-up approach to quantify progress in energy efficiency, while Trinomics will be responsible for the overall Quality Assurance of the project.
The project started in January 2024 and is schedule to conclude within one year.