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Friday, July 24, 2015

Dominican Republic: Toward the Construction of a More Reliable and More Environmentally Sustainable Electricity Sector

The Dominican Republic covers a little over two thirds of the eastern part of Hispaniola, the island it shares with Haiti. Its economy is the ninth largest in Latin America and second in Central America and the Caribbean (CIA, 2010). Although the country is known as a sugar producer,, the services industry is currently the predominant area of economic activity.
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Friday, July 24, 2015

ECPA and the multiplier effect of the Circular Economy in Latin America and the Caribbean

ECPA, through the OAS-led initiative ‘Closed-Loop Cycle Production in the Americas’, is working closely with the private sector to foster awareness about and transition towards more sustainable production processes.
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Friday, July 24, 2015

ECPA expert contributes the Pope Francis’s Encyclical on caring for our common home

On June 18, Pope Francis released his long-awaited Encyclical on the environment, a groundbreaking letter declaring climate change one of humanity’s greatest challenges. Dan Kammen, a 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winner and expert for the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), was a contributor to the drafting of the Vatican’s document. The Pope’s leadership and the knowledge of this ECPA expert are forging the path towards a sustainable future in the Americas.
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Friday, July 24, 2015

ECPA spearheads energy-sector survey for Latin America and the Caribbean

With a view to bolstering ECPA’s momentum and position as the premier regional platform for dialogue and partnership on energy and climate matters, the Clearinghouse Mechanism will carry out the ambitious task of collecting data on energy sectors in OAS Member States.
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Friday, July 24, 2015

OAS Secretary General inaugurates the First Extraordinary Meeting of the Inter-American Commission on Sustainable Development (CIDS)

On June 29, at OAS headquarters, Secretary General, Luis Almagro, opened a two-day event in which OAS Member States debated the issues to be addressed at the Meeting of Ministers and High-level Authorities for Sustainable Development in Tegucigalpa, Honduras in October 2015. The meeting was organized by the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI) and benefited from the participation of environmental and foreign affairs representatives.
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

ECPA Contributes to Energy-Efficiency Capacity-Building in the Caribbean

One of the Sustainable Energy Capacity Building Initiative (SECBI) components is to provide technical assistance for Caribbean island nations to receive capacity building support for energy project development. Through three tenders, this ECPA initiative aims to intensify energy-efficiency efforts in Belize, support legal and regulatory framework for renewable energy power generation in Trinidad & Tobago, and strengthen capacities for establishing a national sustainable resource management mechanism in Antigua and Barbuda.
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Jamaica Readies for Sustainable Biofuels Production

In recent years, liquid biofuels for transport have benefited from significant political support due to their potential (co-beneficial) role in mitigating climate change and reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. Additionally, biofuels is one of the avenues for green job creation and the facilitation of rural development by providing new markets for agricultural production. However, concerns have been raised regarding the production of biofuels on the environment. These concerns need to be addressed by a well-established methodology, especially in island settings, where land availability is limited. Jamaica is therefore preparing for the handover of a tool that will help the country assess the environmental impact of biofuels production.
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Saint Lucia: From Fossil Fuel Dependency to Indigenous Renewable Energy Resources Deployment

The energy sector, particularly electricity, is a significant contributor to economic growth in Saint Lucia, a small island developing state in the Eastern Caribbean. An adequate, reliable, and cost effective power supply is essential for facilitating industries such as tourism and other services, and for stimulating economic growth.
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Second ECPA Ministerial Meeting Sets the Basis for a Two-Year Work Plan and a Governance Structure for this Alliance

During May 25 and 26, energy ministers of Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Jamaica Panama, Peru, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, the United States, and other national authorities, agreed to jointly design a more dynamic Work Plan with concrete actions that would help boost Western Hemisphere’s leadership on energy and climate change issues. Said Plan envisions positioning ECPA as the primary regional mechanism for energy and climate dialogue and cooperation, and prepare the region to play a more significant role in the upcoming COP 21 Meeting in Paris. Participating countries will report on tangible results at the Third ECPA Ministerial to be hosted by Chile in 2017.
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Water -Energy Nexus: A Connection to Keep an Eye On

Historically, energy and water systems have been developed, managed, and regulated independently at both national and international levels. Water scarcity, variability, and uncertainty are becoming more prominent, potentially leading to vulnerabilities of several domestic energy systems. Aware of the importance of addressing this undeniable relationship, a high-level panel on this issue was held on the fringes of the ECPA Second Ministerial meeting held in Mexico last month.
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