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Scientific-Technical Reference System on Renewable energy and Efficient Use of Electricity


Specific Objectives:
1. To compare and assess national incentive schemes for renewables and electricity efficiency, including their socio-economic impact;
2. To monitor progress of renewable electricity (implementation of Directive 2001/77/EC) and to assess renewable energy resources in Candidate Countries;
3. To promote Best Available Technologies and Techniques for the efficient use of electricity with emphasis on professional energy services (ESCO) and stand-by loads, to contribute to an European "Energy Star" Green Light and Motor Challenge initiatives as well as new Directives initiative and to assess the potential to substantially decrease energy intensity in buildings, in particular in Candidate Countries Anticipated milestones and schedule Milestones Schedule I. 1st core group meeting March 2003 II. 2nd core group meeting June 2003 III. 3rd core group meeting October 2003 IV. 1st demonstration of web-based Green Certification for Demand and Supply October 2003 V. resource maps of the candidate counties solar and wind- potential Nov. 2003 VI. Assessment of Renewable Energy resources in candidate countries Nov. 2003 VII. First Pan-European Conference on ESCOs May 2003 VIII.

First draft of the Green Building Programme Sept. 2003 * The core group of the Scientific Reference System on renewable energy and Energy End-use Efficiency will consist of a multidisciplinary group of key scientists and public administrators, who are specifically or sectorially responsible for Renewable Energy and Energy End-use Efficiency.
Planned Deliverables:

1.1 Reports on the impact of the Member State's incentive schemes;
2.1 Web-based Green Certification system for demand and supply 2.2 Open standards for demand/supply certification for renewable energies and efficient use of electricity 2.3 Technical monitoring reports on Community demonstration projects 2.4 Resource maps of solar and wind-potential in Candidate Countries;
3.1 Standardisation and implementation actions (Energy Star, Green Light and Motor Challenge Programmes, Code of Conducts and CFL Quality Charter, European Design Competition) for electricity efficient electronic appliances (IT and Multimedia equipment, highly efficient lighting) 3.2 Technical assessment of the energy performance of the Candidate Countries building stock.
Summary of the Action:

The function of the Scientific/Technical Reference System (REF-REE) is to provide relevant, validated and dependable information on renewable energy and the efficient use of electricity to decision makers . On the side of renewable energy, REF-REE will set up a network of similar expert centres to access information on vertical technologies, such as biomass, wind and solar thermal. The action defines and uses quality criteria for the assessment of technologies, implementation actions and incentives schemes. It also delivers at 6-months intervals indicators on the progress of development and implementation. REF-REE provides continuously updated information in harmonised format. REF-REE is part of JRC's Sustainable Energy Technical Reference and Information System (SETRIS).

The EU is implementing challenging commitments to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in accord with the Kyoto protocol, and has established ambitious renewable energy targets in its Campaign for Take-Off. In the past decade, renewable energy technologies have made significant progress in terms of performance, cost and reliability, thanks to vigorous research, development, demonstration and market introduction programs at European and national level. The opening of new market niches is supporting the development of a young dynamic industry. While technology development has been a key driver in the progress of renewables, significant penetration would have been impossible without appropriate policies including instruments such as introduction targets, elimination of non-technical barriers, internalisation of external costs of energy, and harmonisation of market rules. The efficient end-use of energy is a parallel area where modern technology, policies, and market forces have combined to achieve significant results. This is of particular strategic importance as the use of energy in the Candidate Countries is significantly less efficient than the Member States.

Funding Scheme

JRC - Joint Research Centre research


Institute for Environment and Sustainability
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