28 statisticians gather in Paris for intense training in how the IEA gathers, uses and shares data

16 October 2015

The tenth IEA Energy Statistics Course opened on 12 October 2015, drawing 28 statisticians from 25 countries for a week of intense training in IEA tools and methods to develop and maintain complete and accurate national energy datasets.

Participants came from a mix of IEA member and non-member countries. Africa was well represented, with two participants from Botswana as well as statisticians from Ethiopia, Rwanda and South Africa. From Asia, a Deputy Director of the Indian Ministry of Power and a Director General of the Cambodia’s Ministry of Mines and Energy were joined by officials from Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand. Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates also sent statisticians. 

IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol welcomed the 28 statisticians, noting the crucial role data plays in effective improvement of energy security and sustainability for the entire world. During the course, various members of the IEA Energy Data Centre described the tools and methodology that the IEA and – thanks in part to past Energy Statistics Courses – ever more statisticians around the world use to measure, compile, compare and disseminate data. Individual lessons addressed all major fuels, as well as energy efficiency indicators, national energy balances, prices, taxes, carbon emissions and more. Practical exercises reinforced the lectures, plus some of the attendees gave presentations on their countries’ specific data issues and solutions.

The October Energy Statistics Course is one of two held each year. The training is mainly designed for the needs of non-member countries, whose applicants get priority, with up to two participants per country. Selection criteria include professional background and the sending institution. The IEA provides the training for free, but participants are responsible for the costs of travel and accommodation. Applications will open soon for the next Energy Statistics Course, in the first quarter of 2016.