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Ad-hoc Energy Group Meeting
New York 23-25 May 2005


Location: DC2 1949, 2 UN Plaza, New York, USA

Day 1: Monday, 23 May 2005

9:00 - 9:30

9.30 - 9.45
Welcome and Opening by Mr. Paul Cheung, Director, UNSD
Introduction of the participants
Adoption of the agenda
9.45 - 10:15 Coffee Break

Session 1
10:15 - 11:30



Summary of the Programme Review on Energy Statistics, the discussion and the conclusions reached by the 36th session of the Statistical Commission (Norway)

Overview of the different types of UN working groups (UNSD)

Session 2
11:30 - 13:00







Energy statistics and policy requirements
  • Current oil market (IEA)
  • Kyoto protocol, Johannesburg Summit, the work programme of the Commission for Sustainable Development 2006-2007 (UNDESA/DSD)
  • the project on the energy indicators for sustainable development (IAEA)
  • How could the statistical and policy maker community influence each other better? (Denmark)


13:00 to 14:15 Lunch

Session 3
14:15 - 15:45





Conceptual and methodological issues

  • Scope of energy statistics
  • Concepts, definitions and classifications (Oakridge Laboratory)
  • Survey and monitoring methods
  • New and renewable energy sources (IEA)
  • Approaches applied in energy balances (Eurostat)
  • Other methodological issues
15:45 - 16:00 Coffee Break

Session 4
16:00 - 17:15




Issues in relation to methodology (continued)

  • The need for revision, update and harmonization of manuals (UNSD)


Day 2: Tuesday, 24 May 2005

Session 1
9:30 - 11:00






Integration of energy statistics with social, economic and environment statistics
  • Energy statistics integration with and usage in social, economic and environment statistics: compilation of energy accounts, economic statistics of the energy sector, statistics on energy services, requirements for emission calculations, energy indicators, etc.
    (Statistics Canada, UNSD, Oakridge Laboratory)
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break

Session 2
11:30 - 13:00






Coordination of work on the international level

  • The current coordination of the work on energy statistics on the international level (IEA)
  • Questionnaires on energy statistics presently used (UNSD)
  • Data sources, data validation and estimation practices
  • Data sharing practices
  • Other emerging issues
13:00 to 14:15 Lunch

Session 3
14:15 - 15:15


Coordination of work on the international level (continued)

15:15 - 15:35 Coffee Break  

Session 4
15:35 - 17:15



Training/Capacity building (UNSD)

  • Training and capacity building efforts in countries and by international organizations
  • Priorities in training and capacity building


Day 3: Wednesday, 25 May 2005

Session 1
9:30 - 10:30


Closing Session: Conclusion and recommendations for the Bureau of the SC

  • Prioritization of the issues with deadlines

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break

Session 2
11:00 - 13:00





Closing Session: Conclusion and recommendations for the Bureau of the SC

  • Recommendation of the proper forum(s), with terms of reference, to deal with these issues;
  • Recommendation of a roadmap (work programme and timetable) for the suggested forum(s)
Adjourn of the meeting






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