Terms of Reference (As of April 2017)

A. MISSION

The Expert Group on Energy Data and Analysis (EGEDA) is responsible for providing policy relevant energy information to APEC bodies and the wider community, through collecting energy data of the APEC region, managing the operation of the APEC Energy Data Base through the Coordinating Agency, collecting policy relevant information from member economies, implementing energy statistics training courses, and maintaining close cooperation with the Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre (APERC) on its activities

B. BACKGROUND and CONTEXT

In consideration of the importance of energy data collection for enhanced energy security and environmental sustainability in the APEC region, the 2nd APEC EWG Meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia in March 1991 agreed to establish an Expert Group within APEC responsible for managing and reviewing the operation of the APEC Energy Data Base. It also agreed that the central data collection point would be set up in the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan. Pursuant to this decision, the Energy Data Expert Group was established in 1991. The Group set up a Coordinating Agency as the central data collection point at the Energy Data and Modelling Center, the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan.

The Expert Group developed the APEC Energy Data Base through constructing an energy data collection network among member economies. The Expert Group has published “APEC Energy Statistics” annually since 1993 and in 1995 it published “Historical APEC Energy Statistics 1980-92”. The Expert Group has also developed an on-line data collection and dissemination system.

Following the 12th APEC EWG Meeting in Hong Kong, China in May 1996, the name of the Expert Group was changed to the “Energy Data and Outlook Expert Group” reflecting its new role of advising the Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre in the execution of its outlook and research activities. It was further approved at the 18th APEC EWG Meeting in Wellington, New Zealand, to change the name of the Group to the current “Expert Group on Energy Data and Analysis”. This is to reflect the expanded research activities of APERC and the Group's role in overseeing these activities of the APERC as well as responding to the EWG's increasing need for information and analysis in its policy oriented discussions. At the APEC EWG 48 Meeting in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, the meeting agreed that APERC would leave from the EGEDA umbrella and report directly to APEC EWG. The Coordinating Agency has been transferred from the Energy Data and Modelling Center to the Energy Statistics and Training Office, Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre since April 2015.

C. OBJECTIVES

The overall objectives of the Expert Group are to contribute to improve the quality of energy policies and decision-making in APEC member economies and to enhance the efficiency of the regional energy market by improving the quality, availability and accessibility of energy data and projections and by analysing regional energy trends.

The specific objectives are:

  1. To improve the availability and consistency of energy data and to develop an up-to-date and consistent APEC Energy Data Base, principally covering energy demand and supply data.
  2. To develop an APEC energy data collection and dissemination network.
  3. To be responsible for managing and reviewing the operation of the APEC Energy Data Base through data analysis and related economic analysis.
  4. To collect policy relevant information.
  5. To participate in “Joint Organisations Data Initiative”, as a joint activity of APEC, EUROSTAT, GECF, IEA, IEF, OLADE, OPEC and UNSD.
  6. To implement energy statistics training courses.
  7. To report to and to advise the APEC EWG on each the above activities

D. ORGANIZATIONAL ASPECTS and OPERATION

  1. The Expert Group is open to all APEC member economies.
  2. The Chair of the Expert Group is elected by the Expert Group. The Chair's term is three years. However, the Chair can be re-appointed, whenever the Expert Group chooses to do so.
  3. The Vice-Chair, who will assist the job of the Chair, is nominated by the Chair. This nomination is approved by the Group.
  4. The Expert Group has appointed as a Coordinating Agency, Energy Statistics and Training Office (ESTO) in APERC, the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan.
  5. The Coordinating Agency collects energy data of the APEC region, edits the “APEC Energy Statistics”, and operates the APEC Energy Data Base.
  6. The Coordinating Agency prints the “APEC Energy Statistics” and other agreed publications and distributes them to all member economies.
  7. The Expert Group normally holds a meeting once a year. The Chair is required to send a meeting agenda approximately two months prior to the Meeting, and to distribute the documents for the Meeting well in advance of the Meeting to allow members of the Expert Group to prepare for the discussion in the Meeting in a sufficient manner.
  8. The Chair of the Expert Group reports and makes recommendations to APEC EWG on the activities of the Expert Group, including those of the Coordinating Agency.
  9. The Expert Group Meeting location is rotated among APEC member economies.