by Luis de Sousa
Fri May 28th, 2010 at 04:31:28 AM EST
For all the number crunchers out there: there's a new publication by the Commission to make your delights, the Energy and Transport Statistical pocketbook 2010. There are documents, time series and spreadsheets, time to get the calculators and graphics renderers to work.
Here's the press release:
EU energy and transport in figures: Pocketbook 2010
The Energy and transport are two crucial sectors of the economy. This publication provides an overview of the most recent and most pertinent annual energy- and transport-related statistics in Europe. It covers the European Union and its 27 Member States and, as far as possible, the current EU candidate countries and the EFTA countries.
The publication consists of four parts:
(1) a general part with general economic and other relevant data;
(2) an energy part with data on energy production, consumption,
taxation and prices;
(3) a transport part covering both passenger and freight transport as
well as other transport-related data; and, finally,
(4) an environmental part with data on the impact which the energy
and transport sectors have on the environment.
Most of the tables have data up to 2007; where available, more recent
data have been provided.
Electronic copies can be downloaded at ENERGY DG's website. Free paper copies of the publication will be available from June 2010 and can be ordered at MOVE-ENER-PUBLICATIONS@ec.europa.eu.
The full report [pdf - 3Mb] can be downloaded directly from the Commission's Energy website where a version split in smaller files is also available. There's also a parallel version at the Transport webpage, with split documents in that field.
But the most interesting might be the series of spreadsheets with the data, from which can be highlighted:
There's much more, a serious number cruncher won't dispense a direct visit to these webpages. Note though that unfortunatelly the Commission is making the data available in a proprietary format. If, unlike the Commission, you are interested in closing the foreign trade deficit and not willing to blindly send money to an American monopoly, remember you are able to open these files with an open source software such as OpenOffice.
Two notes before I go. First, there's the interesting aspect of almost half of the data concerning CO2 - that well known energy source and transport mode - in one more hint of the Commissions' Energy Policy delirious foundations. And secondly, though I've been following the best I can the Commission's activities on Energy pretty much since Andris Piebalgs took office, I had never heard of these publications before. Why? Maybe there's too much concern on strictly political content by the Commission itself, maybe he information channels are not adequate. Whatever the cause, promoting Pan-European data publication is a very short path to an all round Pan-European thinking. You can't understand Europe as a whole without the data at that level, something that is patent when, for instance, observing Oil consumption patterns.
Here's a list of previous publications of this pocketbook I managed to find: