34 statisticians start intense week of training in the IEA way to compile energy data

6 October 2014

Participants in the Energy Statistic Course gather around IEA Energy Data Centre head Jean-Yves Garnier (seated, red tie).

Over five intense days at the eighth IEA Energy Statistics Course that started on 6 October, 34 statisticians from a record 26 countries learned how to gather and assess data the IEA way.

Energy Statistics Courses take place twice a year, and IEA experts use practical exercises and simulations to help share the Agency’s methods and tools to develop and maintain complete and accurate energy datasets as well as national energy balances.

The 26 countries in the eighth offering of the course range from Australia and Azerbaijan to Serbia and Tunisia. Also participating is the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.  

Energy Statistics Courses are mainly designed for non-member countries’ needs, and applicants from non-members get priority, with up to two participants per country. For the current course, Chile, China, Ghana, India, Kuwait, Nigeria and Turkey each sent two statisticians.  

The participants were chosen from more than 200 applications – also a record – based on their merits and relevance, including professional background and the sending institution. Funding from the European Union helps the IEA to offer the training for free, but participants are responsible for the costs of travel and accommodation.