Session 2: Institutional arrangements for energy statistics. United Nations Statistics Division International Workshop on Energy Statistics 27-30 September 2011, Baku, Azerbaijan. Energy Statistics.
Session 2: Institutionalarrangements for energy statistics
United Nations Statistics Division
International Workshop on Energy Statistics
27-30 September 2011, Baku, Azerbaijan
Ministry of mines
Ministry of oil and gas
Ministry of environment
a single institution with the responsibility to collect all the official statistics of a nation
numerous statistical agencies are, for the most part, devoted to particular subject matters
There are advantages and disadvantages for both types of systems
To function efficiently, a national system of energy statistics should be based on appropriate institutional arrangements between many relevant agencies.
Such arrangements should allow for the collection, compilation, standardization and integration of information scattered among different entities and for dissemination of the compiled statistics to users through a coherent networked information system or a central energy database
Coordinate activities in the collection, compilation and dissemination of energy statistics
Promote harmonized concepts, methods and classifications within the involved agencies and in line with international statistical standards
Enable the integration of information scattered among different agencies
Reduce the cost of data collection by avoiding duplication of work
Reduce response burden
Establish a clear, efficient and sustainable governance of the national statistical system of energy statistics
Reflect the country legislation and other national considerations
Identify a lead agency (or agencies) which ensure the coordination of the work among agencies
IRES recommendsthat countries develop an appropriate interagency coordination mechanism which, while taking into account existing legal constraints, would:
(b) A clear definition of the rights and responsibilities of all agencies involved in data collection and compilation
(c) The establishment of formalized working arrangements between them, including agreements on holding inter-agency working meetings as needed and on the access to the relevant micro data that those agencies collect.
The legal framework - provided by the statistical and other national laws – specify the rights and responsibility of the entities that collect data, provide data, produces data or use statistical output
The mandatory data reporting is often of great importance for ensuring the compilation of high quality statistics
It can also formalize the institutional arrangements
IRES recommends that national agencies responsible for compilation and dissemination of energy statistics should, whenever appropriate, actively participate in the discussion of national statistical legislation or relevant administrative regulations in order to establish a solid foundation for high quality and timely energy statistics, aiming at mandatory reporting, whenever appropriate, and at adequate protection of confidentiality.