Study with evaluation criteria on early estimates of main energy balance sheets components in 2015 and for the production and visualisation of indicators to monitor Energy Union implementation

An integrated governance and monitoring process, to ensure that energy-related actions at European, regional, national and local level all contribute to the Energy Union’s success, is of key importance for achieving the Energy Union objectives. Barriers that hamper the efficient monitoring and assessment of the progress of the Energy Union should be removed. The overarching objective of this study was to support the Commission in advancing the monitoring process of the implementation of the Energy Union.

This study aimed to improve the monitoring process through tackling three main issues. The first sub-objective was to decrease the time-lag between reporting and the reported year. The second aim was to decrease the administrative burden of the monitoring process. The final aim of the study was to make the monitoring process more transparent.

Caption: Print screen of the webtool, subject: decarbonisation of the economy/renewable energy/renewable energy share (2016). Source: European Commission.

In order to achieve these overall objectives the study delivered the following outputs:

  • Options to gain preliminary annual data on energy consumption at EU and MS level within 8 months after the end of the reported year.
  • Estimates for energy consumption data for the year 2015 and their underlying methodology at both EU and MS level.
  • A web tool to produce and visualise indicators for the monitoring of the Energy Union (this aspect of the work is described in a separate report, the webtool itself can be found here).

The study was executed over the course of half a year in 2016. It was led by Trinomics, executed in collaboration with Enerdata, Atico and LBST.