IEA/IRENA Joint Policies and Measures Database for Global Renewable Energy


Since 1999 the International Energy Agency (IEA) gathers information on policies and measures supporting deployment of renewable energies and offers free of charge access to gathered data to the general public via Policies and Measures Database websites.

Firstly, the Database provided information on policies enforced in the OECD countries. In 2012 the IEA joined forces with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) focusing on collaborative data gathering cooperation. Twice a year IEA and IRENA call their member countries for a data update and data provision. These collaborative efforts allowed for creation of the largest data set on policies and measures supporting development and deployment of renewable energies worldwide.

Currently the Database covers 116 countries and stores information on almost 2000 policies.

The IEA/IRENA Joint Policies and Measures Database for Global Renewable Energy is only one country-validated, free of charge, continuously expanding, on-line source available to the general public. 

IEA statistics

An analysis of energy problems requires a comprehensive presentation of energy statistics. The Energy Data Centre (EDC) of the IEA Secretariat works closely with national administrations to collect a variety of energy statistics and compile energy balances on an annual basis for both OECD and Non-OECD countries.

For the OECD countries, supply and consumption data for renewable energy, natural gas, oil, coal, electricity and heat are collected from member countries using five annual OECD questionnairesFor Non-OECD countries, data are compiled in close collaboration with non-member country administrations, other international organisations such as UNECE, OLADE, APERC, UNSD, FAO, and draws upon the work of the United Nations in the field of global energy statistics.

From these original data, the IEA Secretariat also compiles the Energy Balances of OECD and Non-OECD countries using a specific methodology to present the data with a commune energy unit.

The EDC also compiles and presents energy demand data on a monthly and quarterly basis, energy price data, energy RD&D data, and is leading the work on effective data collection for energy efficiency indicators.

For more information on the types of data mentioned above, please visit the IEA Statistics and Energy Data Centre websites or contact with specific questions.

Online data services


Users can instantly access data published in all IEA statistical publications. Varieties of different subscriptions are possible. Annual, quarterly and monthly data sets are available on-line, either though annual subscriptions or pay-per-view access.