EU RES-Monitoring

European Union Member States have been engaged into a deep and fundamental energy transition. They adopted a comprehensive policy framework supporting RES deployment (Directive 2009/28/EC). Further, binding national targets for 2020 became a driver for RE deployment in many European countries. For 2030, the European Commission introduced the binding EU level target of at least 27% renewable energy. Beyond RE, the energy transition is driven by other major objectives: competitive, affordable, secure, innovative and sustainable energy supply. In this broader context, it is necessary to broaden the scope of the monitoring of RES deployment and provide indicators that are beyond the sole energy dimension.

Creation and assessment of diverse energy (RE) indicators for the EurObserv’ER barometer.

Elaborate and assess indicators related to RE energy supply, socio-economic impacts, innovation, integration and flexibility of the power system. The monitoring tool is a way for the EU Commission to communicate to all stakeholders and energy market players that the energy transition offers tremendous opportunities of investment, employment and growth and that RES sectors perform well in economic terms.
To assess these indicators, diverse data sources and methods are applied.


  • Energy indicators and analysis for thematic and overview barometers
  • Creation of indicators
  • RES in non-EU trading partner
  • Local contribution of RE
  • Investment in RES
  • Cost of RE technologies
  • Socio-economic impacts
  • Energy security
  • RES R&D (lead Fraunhofer ISI)
  • Trade of RES technologies and services (lead Fraunhofer ISI)
  • Flexibility of electricity market (lead Fraunhofer ISI)
  • Integration of RES in buildings/infrastructure (lead Fraunhofer ISI)


Project term

December 2016 - November 2020


  • DG Ener
  • European Commission

Project team

  • Fraunhofer ISI
  • Observ’ER (coordinator)
  • ECN
  • Frankfurt School
  • CBS