Energy Indicators

Course content

This module covers the development and  application of end-use energy efficiency indicators to understand past trends, assess the potential for energy savings and enhance energy efficiency policies.  More specifically, the following aspects are explored:         

  • Introduction to energy indicators and energy efficiency indicators
  • The link between energy intensity and efficiency
  • Indicators by sector- residential, commercial, industry and transport
  • Defining and developing indicators - what questions to ask and what data to gather
  • Interpreting energy efficiency indicators - what they can and cannot explain, and how they can be combined to map trends
  • Indicators for CO2 emissions
  • Techniques for ‘decomposing’ energy consumption – how to quantify the role of energy efficiency in restraining the growth in energy consumption

Training is offered at two levels:

  • An overview course for policy-makers involved in energy and economic development
  • A detailed course for analysts with a background in energy and economics

Why is this topic important?

Many governments around the world work hard to improve the energy  efficiency of their national economies as a way of managing and restraining the  growth in energy consumption. However, a number of factors besides energy  efficiency are also at play in setting the trends  in energy consumption and they need to be properly understood in order to  design practical policy measures.  

Energy  and energy efficiency indicators are indispensable tools for identifying and  understanding the key drivers of trends, and for prioritising interventions to control energy consumption growth. Indicators are also effective in quantifying the potential impact and benefits of interventions. While defining and constructing energy indicators is rather flexible, their accuracy strongly depends on the quality and detail of available energy end-use data.

IEA’s credentials – why  learn from us?

The IEA has been developing energy efficiency indicators since 1996. This work has expanded considerably due to  strong interest from member countries and our methods have been markedly enhanced. A key strength in IEA’s approach regarding energy efficiency  indicators is the close engagement with all 29 member countries and other partner countries, as well as with regional and international organisations, industry and the private sector in general.

Who  will benefit from this module?

This module is targeted at:

  • Managers and policy-makers involved in energy and economic development
  • Analysts and technical experts with a background in energy and economics          

What will participants gain?

After attending this course, participants  in the overview course will have a good understanding of the importance of  energy indicators in developing sound policies. Participants in the detailed  course (for analysts) will be equipped with the required tools to develop  energy efficiency indicators, understand their strengths and weaknesses, and  apply them to support policy-making.

Module structure

Training Formats

Module Length

Group Size

  • Lectures, presentations and interactive discussions

  • Practical exercises -  participants develop and evaluate a range of energy indicators

Overview module: 0.5 days

Detailed module: 2-4 days (depending on the number and complexity of activities included)

6-12 people