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You can find below information on early estimates of CO2 emissions and Quality reporting in energy statistics.

Quality reports

Regulation (EC) No 1099/2008 on energy statistics requests the provision of Quality Reports in accordance with Article 6 Paragraph 4:  Every five years, Member States provide the Commission (Eurostat) with a report on the quality of the data transmitted as well as on methodological changes that have been made.

The results of the latest quality reporting cycle are presented in the document Quality report of EU energy statistics – 2017 edition. This report was finalised by the Energy Statistics Working Group in November 2017 and uses, in general, data available at 2 November 2016. This report was compiled using the quality reporting template for the 2015 cycle

The first quality reporting exercise in the field of European energy statistics was conducted between 2010 and 2013 with the objective of obtaining general information and having a first overview on how statistics are collected and compiled by Member States. Eurostat prepared a template to gather this information. The results of the first Quality reporting cycle are shown in the document Quality report of EU energy statistics – 2014 edition.

Revision Policy

The revision policy for energy statistics represents an important step towards the harmonisation of revision practices within the ESS. A common revision policy for energy statistics will improve the quality and comparability of national data as well as enhance the overall quality of European Union aggregates. The Revision Policy and the pre-announcement form were approved during the meeting of the Energy Statistics Working Group in October 2015.

Methodology example - Quality standard for wood

The Future of Energy Statistics

The growing demands for energy data create a challenge for statisticians. Often conflicting priorities have to be taken into account. If the resources were infinite it would be easy to respond to all user needs. The cost effectiveness of the development, production and dissemination of statistics is often highlighted as one of the governing principles. This means that the production of statistics and the related reporting burden must be in proportion to the importance of the results and the benefits sought.

Keeping this in mind Eurostat organised a Task Force on the Future of Energy Statistics in the period 2013-2014. A similar work was performed in the period 1999-2000.