System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA): In-depth Training on Energy Accounting


Self-paced e-learning

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United Nations Statistics Division

SEEA Energy

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3-5 hours

Course summary

In-depth training on the SEEA-Energy - The course provides an overview of the System of Environmental Economic Accounting (SEEA) Energy, a multi-purpose conceptual framework for organizing energy-related statistics.

About this course

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 course is self-paced without instruction and can be taken at any point in time.

Target audience

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.

Learning objectives

  • 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