08.01.2015 [News]

Energy statistics: INOGATE helps Georgia develop its first complete energy balance

Georgia’s Ministry of Energy and the National Statistics Office GEOSTAT have officially presented a major development in the energy statistics of Georgia – a complete energy balance developed in line with the internationally accepted standards. The work was done with the assistance of the EU-funded INOGATE Programme.

During the presentation on 26 December, Minister of Energy Kakha Kaladze underlined the long-standing and fruitful cooperation with the INOGATE programme, while Gogita Todradze, Head of Business Statistics Division of GEOSTAT, singled out 'methodological support of the EU-funded INOGATE Programme which largely contributed to the successful implementation of this work.' 

The INOGATE experts and the Georgian stakeholders have worked closely since 2012 to elaborate a methodology and a model of energy data collection as well as to develop data monitoring forms and questionnaires. This work culminated in the preparation of the first comprehensive energy balance, which is a significant development for Georgia, particularly in light of its candidate status of the Energy Community, a press release said. 

The EU-funded INOGATE Programme is the first large-scale regional cooperation programme promoting practical skills and know-how to its 11 partner countries to develop energy statistics according to international standards. The INOGATE Programme has been supporting cooperation in energy statistics between its 11 partner countries since 2012 with the aim to improve the quality and reliability of their energy statistics. 

This work helped develop individual Action Plans for all 11 partner countries, enhance regional cooperation and exchange of experience, elaborate methodologies based on modern practices and strengthen capacities of national institutions in collecting, processing and disseminating a better quality data.

Source: EU Neighbourhood Info Centre