INOGATE held its final meeting of the
Energy Statistics Network (ESN) reflecting the culmination of what has been
achieved over the years of cooperation and planning for the future.
INOGATE’s ESN is now well-established and
regionally recognised, with its members working towards the common goal of
increasing the capacity of national statistical institutes (NSIs) to collect,
process and disseminate energy statistics, work towards convergence with EU
standards and methodology, increase the use of energy statistics in policy
making and to increase the understanding of the importance of statistics in
developing energy planning tools.
The two-day meeting brought together
representatives of the EU, IEA, ITS experts and delegates from Partner
Countries (PC). Participants concentrated on evaluating the statistical
cooperation between INOGATE PCs, evaluating the state of play of their energy
statistics activities, to what extent they have achieved their Energy
Statistics Action Plans (ESAPs) and, importantly, to establish a framework for
future statistical activities and cooperation.
Delegates shared the “success stories” of
Georgia, Moldova and Belarus:
Georgia saw changes in the Law on Official Statistics, improved and updated
its sampling frame, increased the knowledge of staff, improved communication
with producers, providers and users of energy statistics, improved software for
data collection, launched the production of monthly gas and oil statistics and
expanded the use of administrative sources for data production.
Moldova published its main indicators, information and metadata online,
reported its monthly gas and oil statistics to the Joint Organisations Data
Initiative (JODI) and published users and deadlines for submission of
statistics. Moldova is also developing an energy prices reporting system to
comply with Energy Community obligations.
Belarus, through its Energy Statistics Working Group, has developed draft
methodology in compilation of fuel and energy balance, as well as a climate
factor calculation and energy efficiency indicators. Belarus is the only PC to
adopt climate correction methodology in the development of its energy
A session was dedicated to the important
role that statistical and forecasted energy balances play in energy planning,
contributing to the development of sustainable energy supply and demand
options, with Croatia presenting its particular experience.
The meeting also focused on the preparation
of the final impact assessment of INOGATE on energy statistics in the PCs. This will be a springboard for future energy
statistics activities during the extension period of cooperation between ITS
and country NSIs from 2015 to 2016 which will not only continue its energy
statistics activities, but also concentrate on monitoring energy efficiency and
renewable energy policies and measures and on improving the analytical and
planning aspects of energy statistics.
On the photo: participants from INOGATE Partner Countries during the Event