17 countries represented at sixth IEA Energy Statistics Course

14 October 2013

The sixth IEA Energy Statistics Course began Monday, 14 October, in Paris, drawing 30 participants from a record 170 applicants for a week of intensive instruction and practical exercises about gathering and assessing data for statisticians and energy analysts from countries that are not members of the IEA.

The 30 participants came from 17 countries, including Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, Ukraine, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia and South Africa. Over the week, IEA experts introduce them to IEA methods and tools for developing and maintaining complete and accurate energy datasets and national energy balances. Each participant will receive a certificate at the end of the course.

While the course is open to both member and non-member countries, it is designed mainly for the needs of  non-IEA member countries. As a result, the IEA gives priority to applicants from non-IEA member countries, with up to two participants per country.

Kenneth J. Fairfax, the new IEA Deputy Executive Director, welcomed the class, saying, “You constitute a great mix of OECD and non-OECD countries, from producer and consumer countries, and from all around the world: all the ingredients for a fruitful week.”

 “Statistics is not just for the IEA and the OECD,” he added, “but for every country to manage its own policies and markets.”

Admission from the record number of applications was based of candidates’ merits and relevance, including professional background and the sending institution. The training is offered for free, but participants had to make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation. There were a limited number of scholarships.

The next Energy Statistics Course is 17-21 March 2014, and applications must be submitted by 20 January 2014. Only non-member applicants are eligible for scholarships.