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Energy Statistics

UNSD maintains responsibility for the production of global energy statistics data collection as well as the methodological development on energy statistics. UNSD maintains the most comprehensive database of worldwide energy statistics (production, trade, stock changes, bunkers and consumption) covering more than 200 countries and areas and time series from 1950. There is a close cooperation between UNSD and IEA/OECD, reducing the data collection burden. UNSD publishes the Energy Statistics Yearbook and the biennial Energy Balances and Electricity Profiles
UNSD maintains the international standards for energy statistics methodology - the energy statistics manuals are under revision.
UNSD supports regional capacity building through training energy statisticians in developing countries.

Priority objectives:
  • Coordination of preparation of draft International Recommendations for Energy Statistics (IRES);
  • Preparation of the UN Energy statistics database for on online access;
  • Organizing training workshops for developing countries;
  • Coordination and harmonization of the development on oil statistics in co-operation with APEC, EUROSTAT, IEA/OECD, OLADE and OPEC.
Ongoing work:
  • Preparation of draft outline of IRES; review of inputs and preparation of integrated drafts;
  • Conducting a worldwide consultation on scope and content of IRES;
  • Development of the UN Energy Statistics Database including review of the existing data series as well as collection, processing and dissemination arrangements for both data and metadata;
  • Working on improving transparency of oil statistics in collaboration with other international organizations active in this area (APERC, Eurostat, IAE/OECD, OLADE, OPEC and IEFS);
  • Participation in the work of the Oslo group on energy statistics and the Intersecretariat working group on energy statistics;
  • Preparation of a report on the current state of the energy statistics programme in the countries based on results of Global Assessment conducted in 2007;
  • Supporting regional capacity building through training energy statisticians in developing countries;
  • Further development of the energy statistics web-site.
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