The System for Environmental-Economic Accounting-Energy (SEEA-Energy) is a multi-purpose conceptual framework for organizing energy-related statistics. It supports analysis of the role of energy within the economy, the state of energy inputs and various energy-related transactions of environmental interest. It is fully consistent with the SEEA Central Framework. Energy information is typically presented in physical terms, but the SEEA-Energy also applies monetary valuations to various stocks and flows, based on the SEEA accounting approach.The SEEA-Energy is consistent with the SEEA Central Framework and follows a similar accounting structure to the System of National Accounts (SNA). The SEEA-Energy uses concepts, definitions and classifications consistent with the SNA in order to facilitate the integration of energy and economic statistics. By doing so, the SEEA-Energy allows us to develop indicators and conduct analysis on the economy-environment nexus, with a focus on energy.
The SEEA-Energy facilitates better informed decision-making, particularly for energy policy, climate policy and natural resource management. The SEEA-Energy offers a means of monitoring pressures exerted by the economy on the environment, in terms of extraction of energy from the environment; impacts in terms of changes in stocks of energy resources and air emissions; and how the economy responds in terms of expenditure on environmental protection and resource management. The SEEA-Energy does not propose particular indicators, but is instead a holistic multi-purpose information system that can generate a wide range of statistics and indicators with varying potential analytical applications. For example, Goal 7 of the SDGs focuses specifically on energy, and the SEEA-Energy methdology can play an important role in measuring these targets by providing a framework for the development of indicators.
The target audience includes compilers (and potential compilers) of SEEA-Energy accounts. The target audience also includes ministries or experts which provide data used in SEEA-Energy accounts (e.g. energy statistics, energy balances). Policy analysts, particularly those working on energy or climate change policy, may also find this course useful.
- Understand the conceptual framework used for the SEEA-Energy
- Learn the basic concepts, definitions and classifications used in the SEEA-Energy
- Understand the relationship between energy statistics, balances and the SEEA-Energy
- Understand how the SEEA-Energy contributes to developing sustainable energy policies