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1. UBET meeting statement and considerations on statistical databases

Unified Wood Energy Terminology – UBET
Rome, 3 – 4 October 2001


Twenty-five experts from Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa, belonging to leading international, regional and national organizations in the topic of wood energy met at FAO in Rome, from 3 to 4 October 2001.

The participants

recognized that:

on the other hand,




Abstract from Unified Bioenergy Terminology (UBET)

Statistical databases

Data from national administrations are, in most cases, inadequate both in quantity and quality. Energy statistics are frequently restricted to the commercial (and thus more easily measurable) component of the energy picture. In developing countries, there is often a lack of expertise as well as financial and human resources for adequate data collection and estimation, a task rendered more difficult by the decentralized, mostly rural, and largely non-marketed nature of bioenergy use. The variety of sources, the lack of uniform definitions and methodologies, and the use of different units and conversion factors, make comparison between countries and assessment of time trends a difficult task. Even where the figures and values presented or estimated by national and international statistics are well established, the structure of the bioenergy database is affected by the following problems.

Therefore there is a strong need for a unified terminology which will improve data collection and exchange in order to enable assessments and policy analysis at a national and international level. To develop an adequate database for bioenergy, the following aspects need to be taken into consideration.

The basic idea behind such a terminology is to create a suitable framework for the identification of the amount and type of bioenergy flowing from different supply sources to meet end users needs. Thus the fuel or product used to transport energy is the basic parameter to be accounted and properly classified. Whether in commercial or non-commercial terms, these fuels should always be considered goods or commodities that are valuable and capable of meeting demand effectively.

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