Project overview[last update : 28-05-2020]

The SDMX implementation for energy statistics in Eurostat started with the co-operation and joint development with the International Energy Agency (IEA). The common MS Excel questionnaires where made SDMX compatible by applying jointly developed DSD and can be converted using the SDMX converter. Subsequently the same DSD was also applied to the majority of monthly and annual questionnaires that are specific for Eurostat.

The progress and development of SDMX was presented to Oslo City Group on Energy Statistics and the Intersecretariat Working Group on Energy Statistics.

As of May 2020, the majority of data collections for energy statistics was executed in SDMX compatible MS Excel questionnaires and by the end of 2021, all energy statistics are planned to be collected in this format.

DSD availability

The DSD developed jointly by Eurostat and the IEA is available in Euro SDMX registry. The DSD takes into account the UNSD International Recommendations for Energy Statistics.

Transmission and Validation

All dataset transmissions to Eurostat must be through EDAMIS (Eurostat's Single Entry Point for data). In the long term Eurostat considers to request that reporting countries move from the MS Excel-based questionnaires to SDMX-csv files. Eurostat will propose a step-wise planning. Transmission on voluntary bases started in 2020.

The whole validation logic and process will go hand-in-hand with the transition to the SDMX compatible questionnaires. A number of commonly agreed validation rules will be implemented and executed automatically by Eurostat’s IT systems (STRUVAL and CONVAL).

Project contacts

Business request: ESTAT-ENERGY@ec.europa.eu

SDMX technical request: ESTAT-SUPPORT-SDMX@ec.europa.eu

Planned actions and updates

Eurostat aims to achieve international acceptance of the SDMX developed for energy statistics and will gradually takes steps towards this goal as per the standard process of the SDMX initiative.