OLADE takes part in the Second Ministerial Meeting of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas -ECPA-

The Second Ministerial Meeting of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas was held on May 25th and 26th in Merida, Yucatan. The meeting was attended by the energy ministers of Canada, United States, St. Lucia and of the Member Countries of OLADE of Chile Jamaica, Mexico, Panama; as well as the heads of delegations of Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela and representatives of international organizations such as OLADE, IDB, AIE, OAS, CARICOM, ECLAC, Mesoamerica Project, IRENA, WEC, among others.

The meeting was inaugurated by the Secretary of Energy of Mexico, Mr. Pedro Joaquin, the Secretary of Energy of the United States, Ernest Moniz and the Minister of Natural Resources of Canada, Greg Rickford, who agreed on the importance of meeting the challenges and opportunities in the region to achieve collective energy security and a good economic growth. OLADE was represented by the Lic. Jorge Asturias Ozaeta, Director of Studies and Projects.

The core subject of the meeting was the "Reforms promoting investments and sustainability in the energy sector" for which roundtable dialogue were held between the governments, private sector, international organizations and civil society. The issues discussed at the tables were: Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Energy Poverty, Energy Infrastructure, Climate Change, Renewable Energy, Efficient Fossil Fuels, Financing and Future of ECPA. It was also addressed the matter on of the link between the Water and Energy.

Among the main conclusions and recommendations of the tables we can mention the following:

  • Reduce barriers to fundraising, create incentives and attract investment
  • Better coordination of efforts, resources and cooperation
  • The creation of a unified market and the quality of energy efficiency goods.
  • Share experiences among countries and actors
  • Improve the quality and quantity of energy data
  • Promote long-term planning
  • Create connection between development and sustainability
  • Involvement and share of the private sector and civil society
  • Development of frameworks and policies for prior and informed consultation.

As part of the meeting "it was announced the creation of a new Western Hemisphere Initiative for Clean Energy. The participating countries intend to work collectively to double renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, small hydropower plants, sustainable biomass and geothermal by 2030 ".[1]

The next meeting will be held in Chile in 2017.


[1] Source: SENER-Mexico, Directorate General of Social Communication | Press Releases | Bulletin 048.2015

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