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Activities of OECD-IE= A
1) Improving the quality of energy statistics necessitates both a top do= wn approach and bottom up approach. As regards the top down approach, it is= essential that policy makers are fully aware of the importance of reliable= and detailed energy statistics for any sound energy policy. The IEA takes = every single opportunity to address the needs for better statistics and mor= e resources allocated to statistics. For instance, the IEA gave several pre= sentations at various IEA Committees as well as Governing Board meetings in= 2009. In October, the IEA held a Ministerial Meeting, and again, statistic= s was one of the key points discussed in the meeting. A major decision was = taken by Ministers regarding the launch of a new questionnaire on energy ef= ficiency indicators. The message on the importance of more and better stati= stics starts to be well understood by member countries; for example, member= countries have ranked energy statistics in second position of all IEA 25 p= rogrammes. This is a major success for the whole energy statisticians commu= nity.=20
2) As regards the bottom up approach and the need to improve the experti=
se of statisticians working on energy statistics, Eurostat and the IEA cont=
inue to extend the coverage and the outreach of their joint Energy Statisti=
cs Manual. On top of the 7 existing languages, the Manual has been translat=
ed in Arabic and in Farsi in 2009.
The IEA continued to produce an an= nual Reporting Card to assess the performance of OECD Member countries rega= rding the submission of their Annual Questionnaires. This has proven to be = a very effective way of giving a feedback to the countries highlighting iss= ues and strong points.
3) IEA together with the other 6 organisations behind the JODI initiativ=
e held the 7th World JODI Conference in June 2009. The Conference took plac=
e in Quito (Ecuador) and was very well attended by countries, organizations=
as well as by oil companies and oil analysts. This conference was a turnin=
g point in the development of the initiative; while in the first 6 conferen=
ces the emphasize was more on issues related to data collecting, the focus =
in Quito was more on the users side. Analysts were telling the participants=
how they like the JODI database and their wish list for further expanding =
the quality and the coverage.
As a consequence of the success of the = JODI initiative, organizations have decided to extend the initiative (first= on a trial period) to natural gas. Progress should be assessed at the next= IEF Summit in Cancun (Mexico) in March 2010.
4) Major progresses have been achieved in 2009 regarding InterEnerStat. =
InterEnerStat gathers 25 organisations either collecting or using energy st=
atistics. The objective of the initiative is to improve energy statistics b=
y strengthening harmonization and cooperation between organizations.
= In 2009, an expert assembled all the comments received in 2008 on the defin= ition of each flow and each product from the participating organizations; a= fter a careful compilation of these comments, the expert proposed a second = revision of the definitions. The revised definitions were then circulated t= o all organizations ahead of a workshop organized at the IEA in October 200= 9. Most of the revised definitions were accepted by organizations; however,= some definitions led to further discussion and decisions were made to furt= her adjust the definitions. In December 2009, the IEA recirculated a new se= t of revised definitions. It is the hope of the IEA and other organizations= that this new set will be the final set of definitions.
This is a re= markable achievement since this could lead to a common hierarchy in the pro= ducts and the flows as well as common definitions paving the way for a poss= ible joint questionnaire among organizations. The work of InterEnerStat cou= ld then picked up by the Oslo City Group and UNSD to feed the manual on ene= rgy statistics they are currently writing with the help of several countrie= s and organizations.
5) Energy efficiency is high on the political agenda. However, there is =
an obvious lack of detailed data on sub-sectors and end-uses consumption. A=
s a consequence, it is often very difficult to build meaningful energy effi=
ciency indicators to support any sound energy efficiency policy or to asses=
s the progress achieved by the policy.
As a consequence, the IEA is a= ctively working on promoting statistics for energy efficiency indicators. T= he IEA organized a major workshop on this topic on 20-22 January 2009. The = title of the workshop was: Data, Analysis and Policy: the Three Faces of En= ergy Efficiency Indicators. Over 100 participants participated in this majo= r event. Participants provided very useful comments on the template; the co= mments were then incorporated in the template and circulated once again to = member countries.
At the Ministerial meeting in October 2009, Ministe= rs agreed to adopt this template as a new questionnaire for IEA member coun= tries. This is a major success because no one can talk seriously about ener= gy efficiency policy if there are no data to support the policy and the dec= isions, as well as to assess progress and failures.
In parallel, the = IEA is working closely with key countries (such as China, Mexico and Russia= ) and organizations (APEC, EU, OLADE) to promote statistics on energy effic= iency indicators.
6) To ease the reporting burden passed to its Member countries, the IEA =
has developed a very friendly web interface for the submission of the annua=
l questionnaires to the IEA. The interface offers a wide range of options f=
or the countries to fill up their questionnaires: directly entering the num=
bers either on tables or on time series, importing the data from their own =
databases, etc. Built in checks allow countries to pre-check their submissi=
ons before sending them.
After the success of the use of this interfa= ce for annual questionnaires, the IEA is now working on a similar interface= for monthly reporting. The monthly interface will be first tested in early= 2010 for release before mid 2010.
= Priority objectives for the methodological work to be taken in the next two= years
1) JODI: Extension of JODI to natural gas and selected annual data.= =20
2) InterEnerStat: Finalisation and agreement on a set of common definiti= ons of flows and products for 25 international and regional organizations d= ealing with energy statistics.=20
3) Energy Efficiency Indicators: After the agreement by Energy Ministers= , the IEA will start collecting annual data to build energy efficiency indi= cators. Moreover, to facilitate the completion of the questionnaire on ener= gy efficiency indicators, the IEA will write a manual on statistics for ene= rgy efficiency indicators: what indicators, to build, what data are needed,= how to collect the data, etc.=20
4) The IEA will finalise the monthly version of the web interface. This = version will be used by the countries to report their monthly oil submissio= ns as well as JODI questionnaires.=20
5) The IEA will continue its work on improving the quality and coverage =
of gas trade flows. Natural gas is becoming more and more important in the =
energy mix of many countries. However, it is more and more difficult to hav=
e a clear picture of who imports what from whom due to the multiplication o=
f transit countries and confidentiality issues. As a starting point, the IE=
A will release on internet an interactive map of European gas trade flows i=
n early 2010.
The 5th meeting of the Oslo Group (UNSD)=20
Description: Oslo City Group 5 co-organised by I= reland, UNSD and the Oslo City Group Secretariat. The IEA, being the Chair = of the InterEnerStat initiative, take an active role in the workshop.
= From: 01-Feb-2010 To: 05-Feb-2010
Energy Statistics Working Group meeting=20
Description: Every 5 or 6 years, Heads of statisti= cs of OECD, EU, and UNECE countries gather at the iEA in Paris to discuss n= ew development in terms of energy statistics, needs to change in the annual= questionnaires and any other topic which could improve the coverage and th= e quality of energy statistics in the countries. A meeting will be organize= d in 2010.
Dtaes to be decided
A JODI workshop on natural gas=20
Location: Russia (tentatively)
Description: To launch the extensio= n of the JODI initiative to natural gas, the IEF Secretariat together with = the other 6 JODI organizations will organize a workshop on JODI gas. Dates = and venues to be decided.
Dates to be decided
A workshop on energy efficiency indicators=20
Location: Paris (tentatively)
Description: As a follow up to the d= ecision of the Energy Ministers to adopt the energy efficiency template as = a new annual reporting questionnaire for IEA member countries, the IEA will= organize a workshop to explore the template. Questions, definitions as wel= l as functions of the template will be presented.
Dates to be decided=