Best Practices in Gathering and Using Energy Data for LEDS Development

10 April 2014 14:00 GMT

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Accessible, reliable, and up-to-date data is a critical factor in  Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) energy planning. Unfortunately, policymakers often struggle with significant data gaps. This webinar will present an overview of the importance of energy data collection, best practices, and strategies for linking data collection and LEDS development processes. This is the first of a series of webinars organized by the LEDS GP Energy Working Group. The webinar series features insights and experiences drawn from the Energy Working Group’s diverse membership.

REN21 is a global leader in compiling, analyzing, and disseminating renewable energy data and information. REN21’s flagship publication, the annual Renewables Global Status Report, relies on a network of over 500 expert contributors from around the world. Based on this extensive experience, REN21 is well positioned to provide valuable insights into data collection and use.

This information will be supplemented with a case study of ECREEE’s experience collecting and synthesizing data from 15 member states in West Africa. ECREEE is a specialized agency of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) whose mandate is the promotion of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. ECREEE counts policy making, capacity building and investment initiatives among its activities. ECREEE officials will provide insights into their successes and challenges in data collection as well as an overview of how this process was linked to the development of regional renewable energy and energy efficiency promotion policies. This webinar session will feature the following distinguished panelists:

·         Alexander Ochs, Worldwatch Institute

·         Laura Williamson, REN21

·         Eder Semedo, ECREEE

·         Nicola Bugatti, ECREEE.

The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session during which participants will have the opportunity to ask the panelist about specific details of the presentation. 


About LEDS Global Partnership

The Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) GP was founded in 2011 to enhance coordination, information exchange, and cooperation among countries and international programs working to advance low emission climate-resilient growth. The LEDS GP currently brings together LEDS leaders and practitioners from more than 120 countries and international institutions through innovative peer learning and collaboration forums and networks. For the full list of participants and more information on partnership activities, see