Emissions and Energy Data Observatory for Counties Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford
The regional energy observatory, www.energyhub.ie, is collating energy consumption from domestic and commercial buildings. The energy data is monitoring performance and associated carbon dioxide emissions for the provision of space heating, ventilation, water heating and lighting under standardized operating conditions. This data is collected with a bottom-up approach. Local authority energy usage data is collected on an annual basis for all the council activities for the purpose of monitoring the implementation of the National Energy Action Plan.
In March 2007, the European Council set a series of challenging and aspirational climate and energy targets for the EU to meet by 2020, known as the “20-20-20” targets:
- Ensure 20% of EU energy consumption comes from renewable resources;
Improve energy efficiency by 20%;
- Achieve a reduction in EU greenhouse gas emissions by 20%, compared to 1990 levels.
- In March 2009, binding legislation was adopted through a climate and energy package, to implement the 20-20-20 targets. This legislative package establishes specific policies to reach these goals and distributes them to the members’ states (which may adopt more restrictive emission regulations if they wish).
To reach these targets, regions and local authorities play an important role, especially as the EU is encouraging regions to develop and implement climate change mitigation strategies, such as Covenant of Mayors initiative.
Furthermore, current national data for GHG emissions is not of the sufficiency and accuracy to help European regions define and monitor local strategies; and there are already many local monitoring systems in place dealing with environmental issues (such as energy and GHG emissions, air quality, climate change, etc).
For these reasons we decided to create the European Network ENERGee-Watch, with the aim of standardising data at a European Level, enabling comparisons across European territories to be made and for European-wide methodologies to be established. Membership is free of charge.
ENERGee-Watch has three main missions:
- To share experiences between regional/local public authorities in the field of energy and GHG inventory;
- To share experiences amongst GHG monitoring organisations. For example by:
Sharing how to set up a local observatory and involve local stakeholders;
Comparing existing monitoring methodologies and processes;
Comparing existing partnership agreements for data collection and diffusion;
Comparing and evaluating existing tools (GIS,…etc);
Complying with European directives (Inspire: exchange of environmental data etc).
- Involve and work with European organisations to:
Define methodologies suited to local needs (bottom up approaches,..);
Define common guidelines in order to be able to compare the performance of territories;
Improve national and international observation methodologies based on feedback from regional approaches (bottom-up);
Evaluate the European energy policies (CoM).
ENERGee Watch Training Courses
Does your energy agency, city or region face some challenges in its energy and climate data collection, monitoring, processing or communication?
Through the ENERGee Watch programme, experienced energy agencies tutored their peers in 4 topics
- Energy Data collection (acquisition and treatment)
- Monitoring, Reporting, Verification: follow up on implementation of actions
- Indicators and strategies on adaptation to Climate Change
- Data display, dissemination and validation by end users
Cities, regions, energy agencies, and other organisation that provide support to municipalities have joined these short courses over the past two years. The training cycles have now ended but organisations can still benefit from the ENERGee Watch Learning Programme here.
To learn more about the ENERGee watch courses you can also: