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

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.


Breaking the silos
SDG7: Affordable and clean energy
SDG17: Partnerships for the goals
SDG 17: Systemic Issues
2030 Agenda
Economic statistics
Economic accounts
Environment and multi-domain statistics

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. It is available in English, Russian and Arabic

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