October 2015

The Challenges of Fast-Paced Urban Growth

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The four-day course, which was geared toward government officials and members of civil society involved in urban planning and development, provided a comprehensive overview of the various aspects that contribute to building sustainable communities. The format included theoretical presentations, student participation, case studies, practical exercises, field trips, and group discussions. Events of this nature aim […]

El Salvador Transforms its Energy Matrix

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

El Salvador’s National Energy Council (CNE) and the Office of the Superintendent of Electricity and Telecommunications have worked with all players in the electricity sector to create the conditions needed to reach this objective. The first phase of this effort involved making adjustments to the regulatory framework at every level— laws, rules, and regulations—to promote […]

ECPA-Supported Initiative Wins Award in Peru

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

StartupPerú, a government program to encourage entrepreneurship, has awarded a grant to an ECPA-supported initiative, PowerMundo, recognizing it as a Dynamic and High-Impact Enterprise. ECPA congratulates PowerMundo and its team for the work they are doing to bring solar-powered lighting to remote areas of the country. PowerMundo has implemented a pay-as-you-go system which allows users […]

ECPA Heavy Oil Working Group Meets in Bogotá

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The meeting had four basic objectives: exchange information about technological innovations in heavy oil transportation, upgrading, and refining; share best practices for reducing greenhouse gas emissions; discuss environmental remediation processes; and strengthen the regional relationship between members of the group. In opening remarks, Carmen Sylvain, Canadian Ambassador to Colombia, and Frank Des Rosiers, Assistant Deputy […]

ECPA Facilitates Workshop on Monitoring Air Quality and Climate Change

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

A recent workshop in Mexico provided technical training on the measurement of gas concentrations for monitoring air quality and climate change, and discussed the importance of having the right public policies and regulations in place. The three-day event, held at the headquarters of Mexico’s National Metrology Center (CENAM) in Querétaro, brought together staff members of […]

Financing for Energy Efficiency

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The potential impact of energy efficiency measures is enormous. In fact, the International Energy Agency has called energy efficiency the world’s “first fuel,” based on its cumulative impact. In its Energy Efficiency Market Report 2014, the agency said “avoided energy use” was larger in 2011 than the supply of oil, electricity, or natural gas. Yet, […]