IEA Online Statistics Summer School 2016


The IEA Energy Data Centre is launching a series of webinars on data collection, validation and use to take place over the month of July 2016. This 4-week programme will provide participants with the opportunity to learn more about energy data collection and statistics.

Participants may choose to register for all 4 sessions or for individual webinars. For certain sessions, participation will be limited and therefore priority will be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis. We kindly ask that participants only register for sessions to which they intend to participate.

All webinars are free of charge to attend. Participants will receive a certification upon completion of all 4 courses.  

For any queries, please contact Axelle Julin at

Session 1: Fundamentals of energy statistics

Wednesday 6th July, 15:00 (CEST)

Energy can take several forms. It can be a primary energy product such as coal or can be a secondary product like electricity. The transformation from primary energy to secondary products can give rise to challenges for energy statistics. Transformation processes need to be carefully understood and respected in order to ensure high quality data. There are also several different units which can be used to measure energy, from GWh to toe (tonnes of oil equivalent). Acquiring a sound understanding of these different units is essential for any work related to energy statistics.  

This webinar will address how to deal with the many forms of energy and how to monitor transformation from one product to another. By providing an introduction to conversion factors for different quantities, it will provide participants with the fundamental knowledge and tools to move from one unit to another.

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Session 2: Refinery balances

Wednesday 13th July, 15:00 (CEST)

Refining crude oil and feedstocks to secondary products is a crucial process in order to obtain the products that are used by consumers, e.g. gasoline. However, if data are not carefully monitored it can create statistical inconsistencies.

This webinar builds on the session on fundamentals of energy statistics and will provide a sound understanding of the processes and tools to assess input and outputs of refineries.

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Session 3: Electricity and Renewables 101

Wednesday 20th July, 15:00 (CEST)

Electricity is a vital form of energy, which is essential for everyday life. At the same time, 40% of energy-related CO2 emissions come from electricity generation, which is one of the factors behind the increase in renewable generation. Electricity will play and ever more important role in the future, but their measurement can be challenging with more distributed connections.

This webinar will provide participants the opportunity to understand basic concepts of statistics for electricity and renewables, convey production and transformation for fuel use.

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Session 4: Introduction to energy balances

Wednesday 27th July, 15:00 (CEST)

Energy data are used for policy making, business investment and planning purposes, etc. Energy balances provide an overall picture of the energy situation in a country, from production of primary energy through transformation to final consumption. The balance format provides a simple presentation of the interactions between energy products and flows, it also assists in quality assurance of energy data and provides crucial information to develop several important energy indicators.

Almost all countries produce an energy balance, this webinar provides the opportunity to understand how an energy balance works. Following this webinar, participants should be able to get a quick overview of the energy situation in a country based on the energy balance.

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