INSPIRE Knowledge Base

INSPIRE Energy Pilot

The main aims of the pilot are:

  • to use location-based data to support stakeholders engaged in energy policies’ lifecycle;
  • to leverage location-based data at building level as enabling factor to scale-up the methodologies to assess energy consumption and performance from local to urban to district to regional to MS level.


The pilot specific objectives are:

  • show the benefits of an integrated approach for reporting, monitoring and planning, to handle multiple aspects of energy (energy performance of buildings, energy consumption at building, district and upper levels, etc.) by:
    • adopting common structured data models (extending few INSPIRE core data models) and common data access mechanisms (INSPIRE Network Services),
    • re-using (parts of) datasets for different reporting, monitoring or planning purposes,
    • using both centralized and distributed IT infrastructures which make accessible data needed to fulfill reporting, monitoring and planning requirements.

The pilot is funded by the ISA2 Programme of EC-DIGIT as part of the ELISE Action (it was formerly funded by the ISA Programme as part of the EULF Action).

A feasibility study “Location Data for buildings Related Energy Efficiency Policies” was concluded in 2015. It confirmed an approach to support the data monitoring requirements of the Energy Performance and Buildings Directive (EPBD), the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and the Covenant of Mayors (CoM) initiative, based on the re-use of INSPIRE components. The study made an initial analysis of the data flows relevant to EPBD, EED and CoM, identified relevant INSPIRE data themes, and carried out an initial mapping exercise. Because of the variations in available data and the need to link data at different administrative levels, it emerged the need to properly combine data of different nature (e.g. calculated vs. measured, static vs. dynamic).

By the end of 2016, the initial phase of the pilot is being implemented and tested through a series of use cases, involving different stakeholders (public authorities at local and regional level), businesses working in the energy sector and citizens (building owners).

A technical report describing the activities performed in the phase-1 of the pilot (until the first quarter of 2017) has been published and it is available here.

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