Training — Paris, France

18th Energy Statistics Course

This course 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:

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 40 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.

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.

This course is focused on how to develop and improve national energy statistics, and therefore will not cover energy technologies (for this topic please visit the IEA Technology Collaboration Programme page) and general statistics, econometrics or forecasting training. 


Information on applications


The registration for this course will open on the 31st May 2019 and will close on the 5th of July 2019. 

Following this date, we will evaluate all applications and inform participants of our decision as soon as possible

The course is principally targeted at statisticians in central government and government agencies as well as statisticians and analysts in the energy industry, including regulators, fuel suppliers (oil, gas, coal), utilities companies and trade associations.

For logistical reasons, participation is limited to 35 and the following criteria will be taken into consideration: 

All courses will be delivered in English and interpretation will not be available. Therefore, a good level of the English language is required in order to benefit from the course.

For any queries, please contact Axelle Julin at


Fees, costs and financial assistance

This course is FREE to attend. However, participants must cover their own travel and accommodation costs.

Cost guidance

Applicants need to consider the following guidance on costs.

Visa (for France): €60 (may vary by issuing embassy)

Return travel (by air): prices vary considerably by airline and season, but if booked early, economy return air fares can be found for as low as:

  • North Africa/Eastern Europe: €300
  • Middle East/Caucasus/Central Asia/Central Africa: €500
  • Rest of Asia/Southern Africa/Central America: €1,000
  • South America/Oceania: €2,000

Accommodation in Paris: reasonable single rooms can be found for €100 (early reservation is required)

Food:   €30 – €40 per day

Miscellaneous: an allowance needs to be made for any additional expenses such as public transport in Paris, telephone calls, emergency cash, etc.