We are committed to quality and always strive to ensure accurate, detailed statistics.

Commitment to quality

We support government decision-making through advocacy, analysis and evidence. This is an important part of our role as a national energy authority. Annual publication of high quality, robust energy statistics is integral to this. We update our methodologies and data collection strategies often in line with EU requirements. The need to monitor and evaluate policies and targets is also considered.

Quality reports

Every five years, member states must provide Eurostat with a report on the quality of their data. Quality reports include any methodological changes. We submitted the most recent set of reports to Eurostat in June 2016. Copies of the reports are freely available.

Energy balance data

The greenhouse gas inventory by the Environmental Protection Agency uses energy balance data. Part UN in-country reviews focus on the energy balance. This happens every five years and ultimately drives improvements here.

Working with stakeholders

We regularly engage with our primary stakeholder, The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. The International Energy Agency also conduct a regular review.

Ongoing bilateral discussions take place with other key stakeholders. These include the:

  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (DHPLG)
  • Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU)
  • Central Statistics Office (CSO)

We also interact with the CSO in a number of statistical liaison groups: the Formal Statistician Liaison Group, the Energy Statistics Liaison Group, and the Transport Statistics Liaison Group.

Data validation

We validate data in several ways. Survey data is input to a central spreadsheet and we carry out automatic checks on it.

Revisions

A list of any major revisions is published in our annual Energy in Ireland report.

Standards and classifications

We collect energy data on the basis of the Energy Statistics Regulation. We conform to the standards, definitions, units and classifications in the Regulation. Electricity and gas prices conform to Electricity and Gas Prices Regulation requirements. They are comparable between Member States.

Confidentiality

We enforce strict confidentiality rules as set by the CSO.

Metadata

See the Eurostat website for metadata information around energy statistics.