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 database through its secretariat, implementing energy statistics training courses, and maintaining close cooperation with the Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre (APERC) on its activities.
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 database. It also agreed that the central data collection point would be set up at the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan. Pursuant to this decision, the Energy Data Expert Group was established in 1991. The Group set up 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 database through the creation of 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 online data 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 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 secretariat 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.
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 by analysing regional energy trends.
The specific objectives are:
EGEDA has a term of four years starting from 2018. At the expiration of this and any subsequent term, EGEDA and its ToR shall be reviewed (by EGEDA and EWG) and a recommendation on renewal put to EWG for approval.