25 countries represented at seventh IEA Energy Statistics Course
20 March 2014
The seventh IEA Energy Statistics Course began Monday, 17 March, in Paris, drawing 34 participants from 25 partner countries for a week of intensive instruction and practical exercises about gathering and assessing data for statisticians and energy analysts.
Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven welcomed the participants before IEA experts introduced them to the Agency’s methods and tools for developing and maintaining complete and accurate energy datasets and national energy balances. Classes for the first day addressed best practice and challenges in national energy data collection, and sessions for subsequent days addressed statistics for renewable energy, electricity and heat, and tracking energy prices, even how to prepare preliminary estimates of carbon dioxide emissions. Practical exercises reinforced the instruction, and upon completion of the course, the IEA presents each participant a certificate.
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, applicants from non-IEA member countries receive priority consideration, with up to two participants per country. Admission 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 6-10 October 2014, and applications must be submitted by 1 September. Only non-member applicants are eligible for scholarships.