An applicable internet based monitoring system for local authorities in the area of renewable energies



The Climate Alliance of European Cities wants to offer information and tools to its member municipalities and to other European communities to support the development of renewable energies and the monitoring of progress on the local level. The 1.000 members of the Climate Alliance have adopted climate protection objectives which include local energy policy aiming i. a. on the rational use of energy and the increase of the share of renewables.

Objectives of the project:

  • Contribute to the implementation of the objectives of the EU in the area of renewable energies (RE), and encourage local authorities to contribute to implementing the Community strategy;

  • Support local authorities in developing and implementing comprehensive strategies and policies to develop RE, and help them to better exploit their scope of action by providing useful information and improving the monitoring of progress,

  • Improve the availability of data and other information with regard to RE for local authorities, and complement monitoring on Community and national levels.

Project Phases:

  • Survey on existing data and definition of indicators:
    Definition of a set of indicators suited to monitor the progress of communities in developing renewable energies, based on a survey on existing relevant data and a consultation process among municipalities, stakeholders and multiplicators.

  • Design and set up an interactive web site for monitoring:
    Implementation of the monitoring system as defined in phase 1 on the Internet, together with an information system (action module) providing relevant information such as planning and implementation tools, and useful contacts, information resources and links.

  • Run, maintain and promote the system:
    Good maintenance, user support and promotion of the system is to ensure that the system is working properly, is attractive and user-friendly, and receives input from a substantial number of municipalities.

  • Evaluation:
    After an operation of 6 months, the system will be evaluated, according to the frequency of the use of system; the type of user; the overall number of municipal indicator sets (RE profile) and their national distribution; the completeness and quality of the data input. From this, conclusions will be drawn as regards further need to improve the methodology, the tool, and its promotion. Moreover, further need for research on municipal monitoring in general will be formulated. 

Direct link to the project:

Project Duration: April 2001 until June 2002

Supported by European Commission, DG TREN; Altener II programme