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Energy Statistics

Course content

This module offers hands-on training in the  internationally recognised IEA methodology and tools for collecting and  organising national-level energy data by different fuels and sectors of the  economy. It focuses on creating complete and accurate energy balances through the use of consistent definitions and units, in order to inform national energy  policy and enable consistent international reporting.

It covers the following aspects and issues:

  • Energy statistics: the fundamentals:         
    • Purpose, definitions, collection and processing data
    • Where and how to access IEA data
  • Monthly and annual data: Coal, Oil, Gas, Electricity and Renewables
  • The Joint Oil Data Initiative (JODI)
  • From energy statistics to energy balances
  • Collecting statistics for non-OECD countries
  • Estimating carbon dioxide emissions
  • Harmonization of energy statistics and definitions internationally
  • Using data to build energy efficiency indicators
  • Energy prices and taxes
  • Data for emergency preparedness and response

Why is this topic important?

Energy statistics are the foundation for developing sound national energy policies as  they reveal where interventions are required and what opportunities are  available. Yet many countries find it difficult to make informed policy  decisions at the national level because of patchy and unreliable energy data. The pressures and complexities of international energy markets and the  imperatives of global issues such as climate change, means that countries need  to understand and conform to international conventions in monitoring and  reporting. The job of an energy statistician is more complex than ever before  and requires the ability to ensure the quality, consistency and compatibility  of energy data.

IEA’s credentials – why learn from us?

The IEA is a major international authority  when it comes to energy statistics. It has developed and introduced methods for  gathering, collating and analysing energy-related data over the last 35 years  and produces the most complete datasets globally. In many respects, the IEA sets  standards for monitoring and reporting energy statistics and the training it  offers on methods and tools is the most relevant, comprehensive and  internationally recognised.

Who  will benefit from this module?

The module is targeted at:

  • Statisticians in central government and government agencies
  • Statisticians and analysts in the energy industry, including  regulators, fuel suppliers (oil, gas, coal), utilities companies and trade  associations.

What  will participants gain?

The course provides participants with the essential definitions, methods and tools for developing comprehensive national  energy balances and reporting on a wide range of energy parameters. Participants will be able to define clearer requirements for energy reporting  in their country, fill out the IEA energy questionnaires which constitute the  basis for the official IEA statistics publications, and better communicate with  their peers internationally.

Module structure

Training Formats

Module Length

Group Size

  • Lectures, presentations and interactive discussions

  • Practical exercises - using IEA's databases and software templates, participents develop energy datasets and balances for their own country

5 days, standard

(shorter 2-3 days courses or longer 2-week courses are also available on request)

20 people