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Thematic Areas

Energy statistics

INOGATE International Conference held to mark achievements in Partner Countries on energy statistics

2014-11-26 - Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb – Energy statistics are critical for developing good energy policies and national energy strategies. The EU-funded INOGATE Programme is the first large-scale regional cooperation programme promoting practical skills and know-how to its 11 Partner Countries to develop energy statistics according to international standards. As a culmination of its work over the last two years, the INOGATE Technical Secretariat is organising an “International Conference on the Achievement of Energy Statistics Action Plans (2012-2014) and Importance of Improving Data Quality for Energy Statistics, Balances and Planning” on 26-27 November 2014 to mark the significant progress made by the Partner Countries in improving the quality and reliability of their energy statistics.

The overall aim of the conference is not only to present the achieved results of INOGATE activities on energy statistics since 2012, but also to facilitate sustained support from the Ministries and National Statistical Institutes with a view to discussing proposed follow-up activities for better data quality in energy statistics, balances and planning in the INOGATE Partner Countries.

The conference gathers high-level officials from European Commission, Eurostat, the International Energy Agency (IEA), National Statistics Institutes, Ministries responsible for policy and decision making in the energy sector as well as representatives of the INOGATE Energy Statistics Network from the INOGATE Partner Countries namely, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Ukraine.

INOGATE opened this new area of cooperation in response to the Partner Countries’ requests and is working in close cooperation with Eurostat, IEA and the Energy Community Secretariat to avoid duplication of efforts and to ensure complementary and sustainable results.

The Eurostat representative at the conference, Mr. Michele Schivazappa, noted: "The INOGATE programme’s work on energy statistics started in February 2012 and has been supported by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, in order to improve quality of energy statistics in the 11 partner countries. National Statistical Institutes benefit from the programme by enhancing their capacities of collecting, processing and disseminating good quality data that can form the basis for evidence-based policy making. Energy is a key policy domain with impact on the everyday life of people and policies in this area need to be based on reliable statistical information. Eurostat therefore, welcomes the progresses achieved within this regional co-operation programme."

The conference will provide a forum for constructive dialogue between energy statisticians on how to further improve data quality, as more reliable, accurate and relevant data leads to increased use of energy statistics for planning purposes.



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Thematic Areas

Energy policy, Energy standards

INOGATE helps Georgia in moving towards a European standards waste management system

2014-11-20 - Tbilisi-Kutaisi, Georgia

During 20-25 November 2014, a team of INOGATE experts is conducting two rounds of special trainings for the personnel of the Solid Waste Management Company of Georgia in the capital Tbilisi and Kutaisi, West Georgia. The training is a combination of workshops and interactive discussions and on-site demonstrations at the dumpsites in East and West Georgia.

With this assistance, INOGATE aims to facilitate the development of effective waste management practices in Georgia based on EU policies and standards. The INOGATE experts will develop guidelines for landfill gas potential assessment and train around 30 professionals of the Solid Waste Management Company to perform monitoring of landfill gas independently.   

Building capacities of the Solid Waste Management Company, one of the key stakeholders in this field is crucial for improving waste management in Georgia. Recognising the significance of tackling the issue, Georgian authorities have put efforts in reforming the existing waste management system with the support of European donors. The INOGATE’s work builds upon and enhances these efforts and initiatives addressing the unmet needs.

Proper waste management plays a significant role in ensuring resource efficiency and the sustainable growth of economy. This assistance aims at helping the country to harness the viable potential for energy generation from landfill gas and reduce the environmental and health impacts of methane gas emissions from landfills.

This support of INOGATE is another stepping-stone on Georgia’s path to approximation to European policies and standards and establishing robust systems and practices to turn waste into a resource where possible.  


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Thematic Areas

Energy policy, Energy tariffs, Energy markets, Energy standards, Energy security, Renewable energy, Energy efficiency, Energy investments, Energy statistics

INOGATE Annual Meeting sets priorities for 2015-2016

2014-10-23 - Brussels

Organized by the European Commission, with support from the INOGATE Technical Secretariat, the INOGATE Annual Meeting took place yesterday in Brussels to adopt a new strategy that better reflects the needs of the Partner Countries in view of the latest geopolitical developments both in the region and in the EU. Energy security featured high on the agenda as countries exchanged their views on this very important topic, as the winter season arrives. The meeting was organized on the eve of the Eastern Partnership Platform III meeting on Energy Security. 

The Annual Meeting focused on the progress made in the past year within the INOGATE Programme, the results achieved and the plans for the future. The European Commission announced that the INOGATE Technical Secretariat project - which was to end in January 2015 - will be extended up to April 2016, in order to ensure uninterrupted support to the Partner Countries until new instruments and assistance are in place. 

Translating the newly agreed strategy into actions, the INOGATE Secretariat is working with the Partner Countries to finalise Regional and Country Work Plans by the end of November 2014. These work plans will then form the ‘Programme of Work 2015-2016’ for the extension period, effectively eliminating the need for any further submissions of Ad Hoc Expert Facility (AHEF) applications by beneficiaries.

The 56 participants included representatives from the European Commission, EU Delegations, the Energy Community Secretariat, the International Energy Agency, the INOGATE Technical Secretariat and all Partner Countries with the exception of Turkmenistan.  For the first time, the event was livestreamed to allow additional key participants from Partner Countries, the opportunity to participate in the discussion.

All documentation on the event including all presentations is available here.

INOGATE Annual Meeting Conclusions is avaliable here. 



Thematic Areas

Energy statistics

INOGATE Energy Statistics Network Meeting – Zagreb, Croatia, November 25, 2014

2014-10-19 - Zagreb, Croatia

INOGATE Technical Secretariat, EU funded programme, will organise the next INOGATE Energy Statistics Network (ESN) Meeting, which will be held in Zagreb, Croatia on November 25, 2014, with the support of Energy Institute Hrvoje Požar (EIHP). This meeting will be organised back-to-back with the International Conference on Achievement of Energy Statistics Action Plans and Data Quality, which will also be held in Zagreb, Croatia on November 26-27, 2014.

The INOGATE ESN Meeting is planned as one full day event. It will follow the round table discussion approach with one session each for National Statistical Institute (NSI) and Ministry representatives, wherein each participant will provide brief report on a country basis. Its objective will be once again to facilitate the sharing of experiences by the ESN representatives on the progress, which has been achieved in their respective countries on energy statistics development as well as continue discussions on the future of the Network. Enclosed please find the draft agenda for this event.

The International Conference is planned as a two full day event consisting of several sessions. Each session will allow for interactive discussion among the participants. The sessions will focus on the presentation and discussion of achieved results of the Action Plans, improvement of data quality with experts from international organisations, NSIs, Ministries and other relevant institutions sharing their knowledge and experience on the significance of reliable, accurate, consistent and timely data, for example as a basis in the formulation of sound energy policies, as well as recommendations for follow-up activities for further improvement of data quality in the INOGATE Partner Countries.



Thematic Areas

Energy policy, Energy tariffs, Energy markets, Energy standards, Energy security, Renewable energy, Energy efficiency, Energy investments

INOGATE and IEA publication: Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia – Highlights

2014-10-19 - Partner Countries

This publication highlights the energy policies and sector developments of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan during 2012-13 and provides a summary of key recommendations for policy makers in the region.

Energy policy analysis is conducted in line with the INOGATE programme`s four main pillars of energy development: energy market convergence, energy security, sustainable development and investment attraction.

This publication has been produced with European Union financial assistance provided through the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument.