Breaking the monopoly on non-public data in the energy sector is crucial for the process of transparency
[Vienna, Sarajevo, March 23 2015] Collecting energy data in the South East Europe region has been an extremely challenging task until now. For many years a lack of transparency and access to reliable data have prevented an open, fact-based dialogue on energy policies in South East Europe. In response to this challenge, 18 months ago CSOs from the region that are part of SEE SEP  project, led by SEE Change Net, initiated a process of creating the South East Europe 2050 Energy Model . The first step in that process was the collection of data.
After a year and a half of literature research, reviewing official data, and consulting with over 500 key stakeholders and relevant experts in the region, we are now in the position to be able to launch what is known in expert terms as a “Call for Evidence”, during which we will present the core data that we have gathered from many sources. This is basically a consultation for data experts, and we are inviting them to test, review and approve or suggest alternatives. The deadline for all inputs to this consultation, that is available online, is the 30th of April 2015.
Speaking at the Joint Organizations Data Initiative (JODI) 11th Regional Training Workshop in Vienna, organized by the Energy Community Secretariat , SEE Change Net’s energy specialist Naida Taso announced the start of the Call for Evidence, and invited technical experts, members of academia and other relevant stakeholders to use the final opportunity to view the data covering 7 countries of SEE region .
“Experts and stakeholders will be able to affirm, comment or suggest correction if they have better data. We are committed to making the model the best it can be, and the Call for Evidence is a step closer to having reliable and transparent data. In this way, we strive to eliminate the monopoly on energy data that has been present in the SEE region for too long”, said Naida Taso.
The overall 2050 South East Europe Energy Model includes 7 energy models for the countries of the region, plus a regional model as well. As a part of the process, 11 CSO researchers reviewed more than a 100 studies in the region and consulted over 500 relevant stakeholders and experts in more than 30 meetings. This is currently the only energy model in the world that is covering a whole geographical region.
“The process initiated with the Call for Evidence is proof that data can be acquired and openly presented and that the link between privatization of data, which inevitably leads to bad policy decisions, can be undone. Also, in the year of COP21, the model will help calculate the carbon emissions that are vital for Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) all countries are supposed to deliver in order to continue on the path of low carbon future”, said Garret Tankosić-Kelly, principal of SEE Change Net.
Notes for Editors:
 The South East Europe Sustainable Energy Policy (SEE SEP) programme is a multi-country and multi-year programme which has 17 CSO partners from across the region (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo*, Macedonia**, Montenegro and Serbia) and the EU. The project is financially supported by the European Commission. The contribution of the SEE SEP project will be to empower CSOs and citizens to better influence policy and practice towards a fairer, cleaner and more efficient energy future in SEE.
 With the support of the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the SEE SEP Project is using an energy model called OPE2RA – Open Source Prospective Energy & Emissions Road Mapping – based on the DECC “My 2050 Calculator”. More information is available on http://seechangenetwork.org/2050-energy-model-for-south-east-europe/.
 The Energy Community is an EU body that brings together Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Macedonia**, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine – and soon also Georgia – with the goal of creating a common energy market between the EU and some of its neighbours. It also aims to extend the EU internal energy policy to South East Europe and the Black Sea region. This includes the obligation for member countries to implement EU environmental law and renewable energy targets. See more at: https://www.energy-community.org/portal/page/portal/ENC_HOME
 Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo*, Macedonia**, Montenegro and Serbia
*According to the UN, Kosovo is “under the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) established pursuant to Security Council Resolution 1244.”
** According to the UN, the official name for Macedonia is “The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”.
Masha Durkalić, SEE Change Net Communication Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org, + 387 63 999 827