6. Monitoring & Evaluation

Choosing the appropriate set of impact indicators

Impact indicators are quantitative or qualitative factors or variables, providing means to measure achievement, to reflect changes, or to help assess performance or compliance, and - when observed periodically - demonstrate trends. The experience gained through the development of the COMPOSE sustainable energy demonstration projects shows four fields of evaluation: environment, energy, economy and society.

Choose from each one of the categories listed below and define the most relevant indicators to monitor and assess your RES or energy efficiency project.

Environment

Environment indicators highlight the positive effects, that RES or EE projects have on environmental protection and fight against climate change, monitoring the:

Environmental Quality

Energy

Energy indicators provide an overall picture of the energy use and sustainable development in a given area and the potential benefits that arise from the adoption of a RES or EE project, monitoring the:

Natural resources & energy
Energy consumption

Economy

Economy indicators focus on the estimation of the effectiveness or benefits derived from a project in relation to the costs associated with its preparation, implementation and operation; also includes its effectiveness in increasing the income of citizens or creating market opportunities, monitoring the:

Local economy and policies

Social Capital

Social capital indicators reflect to the social environment of the area where a RES or energy efficiency project is developed, including potential benefits on:

Health
Quality of life
Knowledge and innovation
Employment
Population