The project EUFORIE studies energy efficiency from different perspectives and at different spatial, temporal, and functional scales by applying methodologies developed in previous EU FP6 and FP7 projects: “Development and Comparison of Sustainability Indicators” (44428 DECOIN) and “Synergies in Multi-scale Inter-Linkages of Eco-social systems” (217213 SMILE).
The results of these two projects have indicated the complexity of the issue of integrated assessment when dealing with the analysis of the performance of Socio-Ecological Systems. In particular that there are different interpretations of the concept of efficiency that can be quantified at different levels and at different scales.
For this reason, EUFORIE explores the potentialities of the adoption of suite of different analytical approaches providing new and useful information on energy efficiency at different levels and from different perspectives. It tests the potentialities of this approach on a series of case studies referring to different scales (choice of consumers, firms, the city level, the regional level, the Member State level, and the macro-economic region levels such as EU and China). The insights obtained in the analysis of these case studies represent useful information and knowledge for the European Commission and for EU Member States in the field of energy efficiency.