Until the 1990s, energy consumption in the EU was led by industry (35%), but relocation of industries and integration of efficient technologies reduced energy consumption to 25% by 2010, then it stabilized. Energy consumption in industry is almost entirely based on fossil fuels (Odysee report, November 2016), with 35% gas, 32% electricity, 30% coal and oil, making the sector vulnerable to externalities, especially because the EU imports more than 90% of its oil and 66% of its natural gas.

The European Commission's February 2017 report, "Monitoring progress toward the EU," notes that industry energy intensity at the EU level declined by 15% from 2000 to 2010, but resumed rapid growth after 2013.

EU countries should reduce energy intensity to have an independent and cost-efficient industry. However, countries show significant differences in their efforts, with some countries leading the way and others still needing to expand their focus on renewable energy sources in industry.

The European Commission's report "Energy use in the EU industry" calls for harmonization and an appropriate mechanism to promote renewable energy in industry.

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Project Objective

RESINDUSTRY aims to increase the energy independence of the EU industrial sector by reducing its energy intensity through greater integration of renewable energy. The long-term goal is to increase the competitiveness of industry by lowering its energy bill, increasing its energy independence, and thus decoupling its energy costs from geopolitical externalities.

To achieve these long-term strategic goals, the short-term goals are to support renewable energy investment in the industry by improving policy instruments with new strategies to promote renewable energy.



  • 7 action plans impacting €8.1 million of structural funds and €2.5 million of non-structural funds
  • 90 participants with increased capacity in RES
  • 83 policy learning events
  • 10 best practices
  • 7 Regional assessments, including strategic analysis of RES technologies for regional industry and KPI reports


project name RESINDUSTRY
Program Interreg Europe
Topic Renewable Energy Sources, Innovation, Policy Instruments
Project Index Number PGI06158
Project Duration 01.08.2019 - 31.01.2023
Project Budget 1,623,554.00 EUR
ERDF Funding 1,380,020.90 EUR