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Planning & Economic Studies Section (PESS):
Capacity Building for Sustainable Energy Development

3-E Analysis - Indicators For Sustainable Energy Development (ISED)

In 1999 the IAEA initiated a multi-agency study on Indicators for Sustainable Energy Development (ISED) to supplement the United Nations Work Programme on Indicators of Sustainable Development (WPISD).

Partners include the OECD International Energy Agency (IEA), UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), Eurostat, and the European Environment Agency.

The interim report was presented in 2001 at the 9th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development in New York.

In 2002, in connection with the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), this work was registered as a Partnership for Sustainable Development with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). To see the listing for this partnership, click here. To see the listing for a related IAEA-led partnership on Designing Country Profiles on Sustainable Energy Development, click here.

In 2005, a multi-agency report was published on Energy Indicators for Sustainable Development: Guidelines and Methodologies. To read this report, click here.

EISD, STI/PUB/1222, 161pp.; 1 figures; 2005, ISBN 92-0-116204-9, English. 35.00 Euro

This publication presents a set of energy indicators for sustainable development and is a versatile analytical tool for countries to track their progress on energy for sustainable development. The thematic framework, guidelines, methods and energy indicators set out in this publication reflect the expertise of five international agencies and organizations (International Atomic Energy Agency, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, International Energy Agency, Eurostat and European Environment Agency) recognized worldwide as leaders in energy and environmental statistics and analysis. General guidelines and specific methodology sheets for 30 energy indicators are outlined in this report for statisticians, analysts, policy makers and academics to use in their efforts to analyse the effects of energy policies on the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.

Please click here to see the NRF articles.

In November 2005, a special issue of the Natural Resources Forum was published on 'Policy Applications of Energy Indicators' based on the ISED programme. To read the full issue, click here. The special issue features articles highlighting how energy indicators were developed, refined and tested by international and regional agencies and national experts to analyze and meet identified energy needs. Findings from Brazil, Cuba, Lithuania, Mexico, the Russian Federation and Thailand are included in the issue.

Energy indicators report, 07-23753, Feb.07

In February 2007, a joint report by the United Nations and the IAEA on Energy Indicators for Sustainable Development: Country Studies on Brazil, Cuba, Lithuania, Mexico, Russian Federation, Slovakia and Thailand, was published. To read the publication please click here.

This publication presents actual examples of how these indicators are developed at the national level, how they can be used to assess national energy systems and how they assist in reviewing the effectiveness of policies undertaken or planned.