Countries around the world are increasingly aware of the urgent need to transform the way we use energy. Worries over energy security, the social and economic impacts of high energy prices and growing concerns about climate change are leading many countries to put greater emphasis on developing policies and measures that promote energy efficiency, which is often the most cost-effective and readily available means of addressing all these issues together.
But how can countries ensure that such policies are well targeted and based on best practices? One key tool is to build and maintain a set of well-founded indicators that track changes in energy use and efficiency. Energy efficiency indicators are powerful tools that can be used to better inform the policy process. As such, they can help decision makers develop policies that are best suited to meet domestic and/or international policy objectives. As monitoring and reporting tools, they also can be used to evaluate progress and identify the need to adjust existing policies or introduce new ones.
The purpose of this workshop is to share information about best practices relating to indicators development and their use from a policy-making, analytical and statistical point of view. All aspects of energy efficiency indicators, from using the basic available statistics as a foundation to the development and assessment of efficiency-related policies will be discussed.
The workshop constitutes a unique forum that will bring together policy makers, analysts and statisticians from all around the world to discuss and share experiences on the following topics:
- How are indicators currently being used to support good policy-making and evaluate policy success?
- Have indicators become central tools and a must in energy efficiency policies?
- How different indicators can be used?
- What are the appropriate indicators to be used in different countries and context?
- What are the challenges associated with the development, analysis and use of indicators?
- How can indicators be further improved and made more visible?
The workshop will be relevant for all parties in both IEA Member and non-Member countries interested in energy efficiency. The workshop has an aim of having a balanced attendance of policy makers, analysts and statisticians.
Session 1: Update on energy indicators activities from the Secretariat
a) Update on energy efficiency activities at the IEA
• The EEI manual and template – Robert Schnapp (International Energy Agency)
• The scoreboard – Nathalie Trudeau (International Energy Agency)
• Policy Analysis – Robert Tromop (International Energy Agency)
Session 2: What do people mean by indicators and how they use them in their work
a) What are energy and energy efficiency indicators and why are they useful?
b) The central role of indicators in understanding energy trends
Borys Dodonov (Analytical Center "BEST", Ukraine) and Natalya Yemchenko (System Capital Management, Ukraine)
c) The development of data and indicators to ensure a common understanding of potential and challenges
Denis Givois (EFIEES, France)
Session 3: Have indicators become central tools and a must in energy efficiency policy
a) The use of indicators for developing and evaluating IEA policy recommendations
Yamina Saheb (International Energy Agency)
b) Development of indicators to develop energy efficiency policies
Emer Dennehy (Sustainable Energy Authority, Ireland)
c) The role of data and indicators in shaping the energy future of end-use sectors
Constant Van Aerschot (World Business Council for Sustainability Development)
d) Monitoring progress towards energy efficiency policies
Paolo Bertoldi (Joint Research Centre, European Commission)
Session 4: How different indicators can be used, what are the appropriate indicators to be used in different context and regions
a) Data and indicators development in support of policy needs and prioritizing policy intervention
International perspective: Robert Tromop (International Energy Agency)
Regional perspective: Marc Ringel (DG Energy, European Commission)
b) Defining the potential for improvement in energy efficiency and defining indicators to assess and realise the energy reduction potential
Wolfgang Eichhammer (Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, Germany)
c) The use of “universal indicators” in different context
Jean-Yves Garnier (International Energy Agency)
d) Specificities to be taken into account when developing energy efficiency indicators
Shigaru Kimura (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation)
Session 5: Challenges associated with development, analysis and use of indicators
a) Importance of comparable data and harmonisation of accounting procedures
Robert Schnapp (International Energy Agency)
b) Key analytical challenges in developing energy efficiency indicators
Didier Bosseboeuf (ADEME, France)
c) New tools and methodologies to improve the data for developing energy efficiency indicators
Peter Dal (Danish Energy Agency, Denmark)
d) Better methodologies to ensure international comparability of international indicators
Francois Cuenot (International Energy Agency)
e) The many challenges associated with collecting the right information for progress tracking
National perspective: David Belzer (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, United States)
Regional perspective: Abdelaziz Bourahla (ADETEF/Medstat III)
Session 6: How can indicators be further improved and more visible (better data, better methodologies, better dissemination tools)
b) Better dissemination to raise the profile of energy efficiency indicators
John Appleby (Natural Resources Canada, Canada)
c) The importance of visual tools in enhancing outreach
Duncan Millard (Department of Energy and Climate Change, United Kingdom)
Session 7: Next step, closing remarks