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The method currently used by EUROSTAT to provide an indicator of climatic severity in its energy statistics has been analysed in detail. A number of weaknesses have been noted and suggestions made for their improvement. Amongst these is the suggestion to count all the degree-days in a year, rather than those in a fixed heating season. Climatic zones have been delineated for each member country of the European Community and representative meteorological stations chosen for each zone. In addition, the population of each zone has been estimated and weighting factors determined. It is suggested that the degree-day totals for each country should be the population weighted averages of the degree-days for each zone. The indicator would be the ratio of the annual degree-day total to the long term average total, calculated in the same way.

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Authors: HELCKE G A, JRC Ispra (IT);PECKHAM R J, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 13697 EN (1991) 33 pp., MF, ECU 4, blow-up copy ECU 6
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Record Number: 199210030 / Last updated on: 1994-12-02
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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