Energy Community

The Energy Community is an international organisation dealing with energy policy. The organisation was established by an international treaty in 2006. The Parties to the Treaty establishing the Energy Community are the European Union and 9 Contracting Parties from the South East Europe and Black Sea region.

Eurostat actively cooperates with the Energy Community by providing methodological guidance in the various fields of energy statistics.


INOGATE is one of the longest running energy technical assistance programmes funded by the European Union. It started in 1996 and works within the policy frameworks of the Baku Initiative and the Eastern Partnership. INOGATE cooperates with 11 Partner Countries to support a reduction in their dependency on fossil fuels and imports, improve the security of their energy supply and mitigate overall climate change.

Eurostat cooperates with INOGATE by providing methodological guidance and support in the field of energy statistics.

The EU4Energy Programme is a continuation of the previous regional energy cooperation programme INOGATE.

International Energy Agency (IEA)

The International Energy Agency (IEA) is an autonomous organisation which works to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for its 30 member countries and beyond. Many IEA countries are also EU Member States. The IEA's four main areas of focus are: energy security, economic development, environmental awareness, and engagement worldwide.

Eurostat and IEA extensively cooperate. A tangible outcome of this cooperation are the many joint energy questionnaires (several shared also with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) for the collection of energy data, as well as methodological publications, such as the Energy Statistics Manual. The joint energy questionnaires reduce reporting burden for countries, as exactly the same questionnaire is transmitted by to the Energy unit of Eurostat and the Energy Data Centre of the IEA.

Intersecretariat Working Group on Energy Statistics (InterEnerStat)

The United Nations Statistical Commission approved the establishment of the Intersecretariat Working Group on Energy Statistics to: "…enhance the coordination of international energy statistics and the collaboration of international (global, regional and sectoral) organizations with a view to improving the availability and quality of international energy statistics without increasing the response burden on countries and by making best use of resources".

24 regional and international organisations, either collecting or using energy statistics, including Eurostat, participate in InterEnerStat.

Joint Organisations Data Initiative (JODI)

The Joint Organisations Data Initiative (JODI) is a concrete outcome of the producer-consumer dialogue. Six international organizations - the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat), the International Energy Agency (IEA), the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE), the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) - took up the challenge, combined their efforts and involved their Member Countries or Economies in order to launch the Joint Oil Data Exercise (in 2001). The exercise was established as a permanent mechanism in 2003 and was subsequently followed by a Joint Organisations Data Initiative. Since 2005, the coordination of the work of the partner organizations was made by the International Energy Forum (IEF) Secretariat. A new partner organization, the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF), joined the initiative in 2014.

The JODI World Database is administered by the IEF Secretariat. Data submitted by the partner organisations (APEC, EUROSTAT, GECF, IEA, OLADE, OPEC and UNSD) is available for nearly 100 participating countries.

Oslo Group on energy statistics

The Oslo Group on energy statistics is a city group created by the United Nations Statistical Commission in 2005 to address methodological issues related to energy statistics and contribute to improved international standards and improved methods for official energy statistics. To achieve this, the Oslo Group on energy statistics develops tools, processes and networks to support countries to collect and disseminate complete, comparable, reliable and timely energy statistics.

Eurostat participates in the Oslo Group on Energy Statistics meetings. The major output to date has been the development of the International Recommendations for Energy Statistics and the completion of the Energy Statistics Compilers Manual.

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has developed the United Nations Framework Classification for Fossil Energy and Mineral Reserves and Resources (UNFC). The UNFC is a universally acceptable and internationally applicable scheme for the classification and reporting of fossil energy and mineral reserves and resources and currently the only classification in the world to do so. Reserves and resources are closely related to future production of mineral fuels. Eurostat follows the development of the UNFC over years and provides input to the methodology on a regular basis.