On 22-23 November 2005, 24 major regional and international organisations, either collecting or using energy statistics, convened in Paris at the 1st International Energy Statistics (InterEnerStat) meeting. The objectives of the meeting were twofold: to share experience and explore avenues of further cooperation.
Participants agreed to further harmonise methodologies, terminologies and definitions; strengthen the exchange of information and expertise; and emphasize capacity building and training.
Given the importance of international consistency to formulate a global understanding of energy, participants agreed to make harmonisation of definitions of products and flows a top priority.
Through excellent cooperation of all partners, by the 4th InterEnerStat meeting in October 2009, 95% of the definitions of both flows and products have been agreed by all participating organisations.
Over the next couple of years the final definitions were agreed such that a full set of definitions could then be used by the organisations in reshaping and reformulating some of their definitions (when and where needed). These definitions also formed the basis for the definitions of the IRES Manual produced by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), driven by the work of Oslo group. The International Recommendations for Energy Statistics (IRES) were endorsed by the UN in 2011 and are currently being finalised. Alongside this the Oslo group has also developed an Energy Compliers manual, which will be released later in 2016, which has drawn on the work of InterEnerStat.
Cross organisational cooperation is also central to work on JODI (Joint Organisational Data Initative) and its work on improving transparency on oil and gas markets
Given the success of the coordinated work across organisations, InterEnerStat members saw value in continuing to meet and work together to drive the development of energy statistics and met again at the IEA offices in Paris in September 2015. Compared to prior meetings the focus was much wider and covered issues such as the SGDs, data originality, coordination of training and capacity building, updates to IRES, measurement issues for renewables, consistency of energy balances and energy efficiency. Presentations and minutes of the meeting will soon be available here.
One important agreement at the 2015 meeting was the importance of improving data and consistency of reporting of final energy use data (and activity data) to support the development of energy efficiency indicators. To take this forward it was agreed to hold a focused InterEnerStat meeting on energy use data in 2016 - provisionally planned for December.
At a time when organisations face more challenges to improve transparency and timeliness, it is our sincere hope that the InterEnerStat site will help users to better understand energy statistics and pave the way for more cooperation and harmonisation between organisations. In order to increase the usefulness of the site, comments and suggestions are more than welcome.