20 countries represented as fourth IEA Statistics Course opens in Paris

15 October 2012

© OECD/IEA, 2012. IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven, with Energy Data Centre head Jean-Yves Garnier, addresses course participants.

More than 30 participants from 20 large producer and consumer countries gathered on 15 October in Paris for the fourth regular IEA Energy Statistics Course, the Agency’s twice-a-year training accessible to statisticians and energy analysts from countries that are not members of the IEA.

“Everything starts with statistics,” IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven said as she opened the five-day course. “You cannot have sound energy policy without having timely, detailed and reliable statistics.”

Course participants follow an intensive curriculum of lectures and practical exercises, such as how to complete different fuel-specific questionnaires, to become familiar with IEA methods and tools for developing and maintaining complete and accurate energy datasets and national energy balances.

Applications to the programme ran four times the available places. Candidates were selected on the basis of their merits and relevance, including professional background and sending institution and will be awarded a certificate at the end of the course. The training is offered free, but participants must make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation. A limited number of scholarships is available from the IEA.

“It is great to see once again such a diverse international group keen to learn about the IEA’s recognised methods and tools,” said Assen Gasharov, manager of the IEA Training & Capacity Building Programme. “And what we value the most is the opportunity to continue our collaboration and data exchange with the participating countries.”

The next course will be offered in early March 2013, and applications must be submitted by 15 January 2013. Only non-member applicants are eligible for the scholarship.