The energy sector’s community of Argentina, Uruguay and Peru will benefit from educational systems in renewable energies

Today, Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at the headquarters of the Latin American Energy Organization (Olade) in Quito-Ecuador, the First Regional Conference for the socialization of the important project called "Improving, increasing and facilitating access to education and training in renewable energy in Latin America" was held for the benefit of the energy sector’s community of Argentina, Uruguay and Peru; which is  carried out by Olade in conjunction with the Technological University of Uruguay (UTEC); the National University of Engineering of Peru (UNI); the Center for the Study of Energy Regulatory Activity (CEARE) of the University of Buenos Aires; the Renewable Energies Academy of Germany (RENAC) and the company FACTOR (Ideas for Change), within the framework of the International Climate Initiative (IKI).

The Executive Secretary of Olade, Alfonso Blanco, said he was very pleased with the start of this cooperation, which is based on the financial support of the Ministry of Environment of Germany. He added that the objective of this project is to strengthen the capabilities that we have in our region in the field of renewable energies. "Our region has a broad material trajectory in renewable energies," he said.

"However, we have to make a greater effort in terms of cooperation in renewable energies. Fundamentally, the incorporation of non-conventional renewable energies to our energy matrix, in greater proportion than what we have been doing" he said. He also emphasized that in the region non-conventional renewable energies are not becoming an additional economic effort on the part of consumers to finance this incorporation.

"The great challenge we have in the region is to try to break down the existing gaps, while we have countries that have achieved almost 100% incorporation of renewable energy, there are other countries that have not yet begun this process. For this reason, it is important to create and export capacities to provide solid foundations to build a model based on sustainable energy" expressed the Executive Secretary.

In this way the Secretary informed that from Olade, and with other actors who have the same interest, hard work is being carried out to try to support and sustain public policies, which are the basis for developing a renewable energy market in the region.

Additionally, he mentioned that it is necessary to train the technicians of the region so that they are committed to this discourse, in order to increase the incorporation of renewable energies.

Finally, he said that work should be done on another important component named by Olade as South-South Cooperation, which refers to those countries that have achieved a breakthrough in non-conventional renewable energies, and that their acquired experiences are transferred to countries that are beginning this process.

During his speech, the Executive Secretary, Alfonso Blanco, highlighted that the application of this project will not be restricted only to the three countries (Argentina, Uruguay and Peru), but that the intention of this socialization is that the rest of the Olade Member Countries, present their needs and specific points that require to be incorporated into this capacity building.

For his part, the representative of the German Embassy in Ecuador, Thietmar Bachmann, said that this project is important because it is the issue that is currently booming in the world, which is the impediment of climate change "and this is only possible to avoid when we take positive advantage of the energy," he added.

The representative of Peru, of the Presidency of the Council of Experts and Meeting of Ministers of Olade, Alan Campos, thanked all the academic entities involved in the project and the Ministry of Environment of Germany, who is the financial entity of the project; and invited to continue with this type of work in order to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases.

Representatives of the Renewable Energy Academy of Germany (RENAC) met at this meeting; FACTOR (Ideas for change); Technological University of Uruguay (UTEC); University of Engineering (UNI); Center for the Study of Energy Regulatory Activity (CEARE); Political partners of the Project (Ministries of Energy of Argentina and Uruguay and Ministry of Environment of Peru), among others.

 

Department of Communication 

and Institutional Relations

gabriela.jarrin@olade.org

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