EurObserv’ER has been gathering data on the European Union’s renewable energy sources for eighteen years for its themebased barometer reports on the state of the sectors and their momentum. The first part of this work is a summary of the barometers published in 2017 for the wind energy, solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, biofuel, biogas and solid biomass sectors.
The energy indicators drawn from these barometers have been updated with SHARES data from 26th January and supplemented by data on the sectors for which no individual barometers were published – small hydropower, heat pumps, geothermal energy, concentrated solar power, household refuse incineration and renewable marine energy sources.
The following chapters supply socioeconomic indicators on employment and turnover, investments, avoided CO2 emissions and resulting avoided expenses thanks to the development of the RES sectors.
Another part gives an overview of how the EU performs in terms of R&D as compared to its main trading partners.
A final chapter shows that there still is quite enough flexibility in the electricity grid to allow for the integration of more RES-E.
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Methodology papers related to the 17th annual barometer
Main findings of the 17th annual overview barometer
100 935 MWp in der Europäischen Union Ende 2016
Der globale Solarenergiemarkt entwickelt sich rasant – angetrieben von der enormen Nachfrage auf den asiatischen und amerikanischen Märkten. 2016 knackte der globale Photovoltaik-Markt die 76-GW-Marke und erreichte einen maximalen Zuwachs von 50 %. Der europäische Markt hingegen scheint sich festgefahren zu haben. Die dort zugebaute Leistung betrug 2016 lediglich 6,1 GW und lag damit unter den 7,9 GW des Vorjahres. Um den Marktanteil von Strom aus erneuerbaren Quellen in Zukunft zu vergrößern, werden die gesetzlichen Rahmenbedingungen des Sektors derzeit überarbeitet.
Bridging the gap between member states’ progress reports of 2013 and 2015
Access to early information on RES growth in the EU 28 country members is the core aim of the EurObserv’ER barometers since their creation in 1999. Nowadays, among the indicators and information available and useful on the RES topic, the evolution of their share in gross final energy consumption is relevant for stakeholders, policymakers, industrialists, journalists or even simple European citizens.
On line with legal requirements under Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (known as the Renewable Energy Directive (RED)) (6), the European Commission (EC) formally assesses the EU’s and Member States’ progress in the promotion and use of renewable energy towards the 2020 RES targets. The EC publishes its assessments every two years, in the form of a Communication on ‘Renewable energy progress report’.
Disseminated in 2015, the purpose of this report is to present the detailed 2013 situation of RES shares at EU and Member State level during a year scheduled without any country progress report.
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