Data Monitoring

Among the difficulties for achieving the EU’s climate and energy targets is the lack of standardizing energy and climate information at the European level. FEDARENE is aware that energy data and climate data access can be challenging for many actors, due to data ownership, commercial sensitivity and the lack of accuracy or resources, among others.

A major challenge in climate change mitigation and adaptation is the timely access to robust energy and climate data that can underpin local and regional sustainable energy  and climate policies and plans. The challenge demands a collaborative solution. There are no obligations within most national legislative frameworks for Transmission System Operators (TSOs) and Distribution System Operators (DSOs) to provide local energy data to public authorities at the sub-national level. As a result, data exchange is mainly implemented on a voluntary basis. However, public authorities supporting municipalities and the municipalities themselves need easier access to local data. FEDARENE plays an active role to help these institutions in dealing with data monitoring.


  • Manage and promote the European network of regional energy and climate observatories: ENERGee-Watch.
  • Propose and develop EU projects to allow the creation of new regional observation tools and to allow a common reflection at European level on energy and climate data sharing.
  • Support the standardisation of data at a European Level, enabling comparisons across European territories to be made and for European-wide methodologies to be established. 
  • Develop the reflexion on best long-term data exchange models in sustainable energy and climate planning.
  • Facilitate the creation of new observatories in order to implement one-stop shop data services and monitor local authorities’ Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans.

Working Group Chair

“The method of data acquisition, processing and dissemination requires know-how in terms of setting advanced partnerships, data modelling and sharing.”

Serge Nocodie, Vice-President for Climate Action


EU Projects

Data4Action aims to foster collaboration models in energy data exchange between public authorities and energy data providers, to inform the design of regional and municipal sustainable energy action plans.

The overarching objective of EEW4 is to support policy makers in European Union Member States in improving the degree of successful implementation of policy instruments for energy efficiency, and thus contribute to reaching the target of the Energy Efficiency Directive.


FEDARENE INFO 32 – Focus on Greenhouse Gas Observatories

The FEDARENE INFO is a short publication realised by FEDARENE which focuses specific topics related to the climate and energy transition and gives the word to renowned experts of the field, political representatives and FEDARENE members. In the 32nd edition, you will find articles on the importance of observatories and the multilevel governance to achieve a successful energy transition in regions.

Due to their regional implantation, greenhouse gas observatories allow for better understanding of local territories and therefore help to better define appropriate actions to be taken to reduce GHG emissions. The Midi-Pyrenees Agency showcases its observatory and its mission.

Michel Delebarre, as President of the Committee of the Regions and Deputy-Mayor of Dunkirk, explains the importance of local and regional levels in regards to environmental and energy policy. In this issue you can also read articles about the EU projects “Move” and “Road of Energy”.

Attention: this FEDARENE Info was published in 2007 and may be out of date. However, the rationale behind the need for observatories, more and better data collection mechanisms still prevails.

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