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12 March 2012
Oslo Group on Energy Statistics
To establish a forum for the countries to address issues related to energy statistics and contribute to improved international standards and improved methods for official energy statistics by pooling expertise in the energy community.
First meeting: Oslo, 6-8 February 2006
Second meeting: Delhi, 5-7 February 2007
Third meeting: Vienna, 4-6 February 2008
Fifth meeting: Cork, 1-4 February 2010
Sixth meeting: Canberra, 2-5 May 2011
Seventh meeting (planned): Helsinki, October 2012
Presentations, papers, reports and all draft documents prepared for meetings and in the process of revision of the UN energy statistics manuals are available on the Oslo Group Website: http://og.ssb.no.
The International Recommendations for Energy Statistic – IRES
The United Nations Statistical Commission, at its forty-second session held in New York, 22 to 25 February 2011, adopted the International Recommendations for Energy Statistics (IRES). IRES provides data compilers with a complete set of recommendations covering all aspects of the statistical production process framework, thus covering a range of topics from basic concepts, definitions and classifications to data sources, data compilation strategies, energy balances, energy accounts, data quality and statistical dissemination.
Template for Country Practices in Energy Statistics
As part of the preparation of the Energy Statistics Compilers Manual (ESCM), a country practice template has been developed by the Oslo Group in cooperation with UNSD. The template provides a common format for countries to report and share their practices in the collection, compilation and dissemination of energy statistics. The use of a common format is expected to facilitate the review and the comparisons of country practices and will feed into the preparation of the ESCM. The template is available at the Oslo Group Website as well as the UNSD Website.
As the ESCM is intended to be an integral part of the implementation process of both the IRES and the SEEA-Energy, the Oslo Group will closely collaborate with the London Group on Environmental Accounting.
In 2012 the secretariat, together with the UNSD, will organize the process for drafting the ESCM. The Oslo Group together with the London Group will be the main content providers to the ESCM. Responsibility for reviewing country practices, preparing textual inputs and writing the different chapters will be delegated to Oslo Group and London Group members on a voluntary basis.
Points of contact
The Oslo Group web site and discussion forum is available at: http://og.ssb.no.
Reporting to the UN Statistical Commission