ODYSSEE-MURE (Monitoring energy efficiency in the EU)

Energy policy-making always consists of setting objectives, which include an increasing number of energy and climate policy targets. During the last years, the need for reliable data and indicators for the monitoring of such targets has grown considerably both at the national level and at the level of the EU. At EU level, there are obligations to regularly report the development of the energy efficiency progress as part of the national energy-efficiency action plans (NEEAPs) to implement the directive on energy end-use efficiency and energy services (ESD; 2006/32/EC). Its successor, the European Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) from 25 October 2012 even provides for annual as well as more comprehensive reporting obligations at three year intervals. In Germany, the transformation of the energy system, the so-called “Energiewende” or “energy transition”, is also accompanied by an official monitoring process. The progress made towards the overall targets and the current state of implementation are evaluated in annual reports, which are supplemented every three years by a strategically oriented progress report of the German government.

It is obvious that such monitoring processes need suitable tools to support the monitoring obligations of the national Governments. The ODYSSEE database on Energy Efficiency Indicators and the MURE database on energy efficiency policies and measures, which are coordinated in a joint project by ADEME (France), make important contributions to the development of EU-wide monitoring tools to analyze policy issues arising in the context of energy efficiency and its links to global climate change. Both tools have been recognized in the use made of their results by the European Commission and many Member States. 

ODYSSEE (Technical coordinator ENERDATA/France) provides a comprehensive and detailed technical and economic database on energy data, energy-related activities and energy efficiency indicators at the level of the whole economy and all end-use sectors (residential, tertiary, industry, transport). The geographical coverage comprises the EU-28 countries plus Norway (and in the new project, Switzerland and Serbia, too). At the moment, it includes time-series from 1990 or earlier until 2013/2014, which are regularly updated (1-2 times per year).

MURE (Technical coordinator Fraunhofer ISI/Germany) is a database on energy efficiency policy measures for all end-use sectors. Main purpose: (1) gather and organize information on energy efficiency policies in the the EU-28countries and Norway  (Switzerland and Serbia will be added in the new project, too) (2) gather information on qualitative and quantitative impact evaluations (3) tool for the identification and analysis of the policy measures included in the national energy-efficiency action plans (NEEAPs) under the EED.
Several facilities have been developed both for ODYSSEE and MURE which allow the user to make an easier and well-aimed use of the two databasesThe the new  ODYSSEE-MURE project started in February 2016 In the new project, a specific focus will be on measuring  the multiple benefits of energy efficiency and on capacity building in the EU Member States.


  • EU – Horizon 2020 Programme (former projects:  Intelligent Energy for Europe Programme (IEE) and SAVE programme)

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