Free IEA headline statistics aim to widen understanding of energy production and use

5 November 2015

The IEA is making more data freely available to ensure that everyone has a good understanding of how energy is used.

The release today of free headline annual statistics on energy production and consumption comes ahead of the UN climate negotiations (COP21) and accompanies the comprehensive global report on CO2 emissions from energy use that the IEA published yesterday.

The more than 200 000 data points in the new release include energy statistics covering 40-plus years for OECD countries, including figures for 2014, plus statistics from other regions, reinforcing the position of the IEA as the most informative source of energy data.

The freely available headline statistics not only provide valuable insight to climate change negotiators, they also show how the IEA is responding to the call from the Group of 20 nations acknowledging the importance of public disclosure of market-related information on all energy resources. The IEA continues to provide more detailed data to subscribers; for instance, the free headline statistics aggregate different products, such as grouping 12 oil products, while subscribers can receive disaggregated data.

Downloadable as Excel files, the free headline statistics allow users to also see trends in the data, offering graphic views that help them understand what has happened.

For example, data on renewable generation illustrate the global growth since 1971 in gigawatt-hours: 

151105_FreeData_RenewablesGrowth

Another chart shows the seemingly constant growth in global demand for transport fuels, in kilotonnes of oil equivalent:

151105_FreeData_TransportFuels

And a third shows the degree, in megatonnes, that energy use contributes to CO2 emissions:

151105_FreeData_CO2Emissions

Overall, this first edition of freely available IEA headline annual statistics contains:           

 •            14 energy balance flows in kilotonnes of oil equivalent for nine energy products

 •            Electricity output in gigawatt-hours for four energy products

 •            An interactive “pivot” chart that allows users to view select elements of the data

 •            Access to definitions, methodologies and sources.

To access the new IEA headline statistics, please click here.

The latest statistics are also included in the IEA Energy Atlas, Sankey flows and map-based country statistics database.

Additional free monthly headline data continue to be provided by the IEA at www.iea.org/statistics/.