Record 27 countries represented at ninth IEA Energy Statistics Course

2 March 2015

The 33 statisticians from 27 countries who began the ninth IEA Energy Statistics Course on 2 March 2015 in Paris made up the most international week ever of learning about the IEA way to gather energy data.

Welcoming the participants to the biannual course, IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven reminded them by video of the centrality of reliable and complete statistics to successful energy policy in all nations. Duncan Millard, the new IEA Chief Statistician and Head of the Energy Data Centre, echoed Ms. Van der Hoeven’s comments as he outlined the week’s intense and thorough training.

The four or five classes each day address data collection for all major fuels plus energy efficiency, electricity and heat, and carbon dioxide emissions. IEA experts and outside experts describe IEA methods to develop and maintain energy datasets as well as national energy balances, and the participants lock in their new knowledge through practical exercises and simulations. After completion of the course Friday, participants receive a certificate. But it is not all work and no play, as social events include a sightseeing boat trip on the Seine.

Participants are chosen from among scores of applications based on their merits and relevance, including professional background and the sending institution. IEA Energy Statistics Courses are mainly designed for non-member countries’ needs, with priority for applicants from non-member nations.

Attendees to the ninth course come from as far apart as China and Chile, South Africa and Sweden, Turkey and Thailand. Some of the top-ranking participants include the Executive Director of the Sofia Energy Agency in Bulgaria as well as heads and team leaders from energy ministries and other agencies in Chile, France, Germany and Ukraine. Also participating is an energy economist from the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia.  

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.