Government of Guatemala to Host Central American Workshop of the ECPA Initiative on Renewable Energy and Climate Science

Friday, January 17, 2014

In the spring of 2014, the National Center of Metrology of Guatemala will host a technical workshop to address energy and climate metrology challenges facing the countries in Central America, included in the CAMET sub-region of the Inter-American Metrology System (SIM). Metrology organizations from Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama will meet to discuss the technological challenges linked with renewable energy technology deployment, and standardized particulate matter and greenhouse gas emissions measurement.

The SIM gathers the metrology organizations of 34 countries in the Americas and is organized in five sub-regions, including NORAMET (North America), CARIMET (Caribbean), CAMET (Central America), ANDIMET (Andes), and SURAMET (South America). Its mission is to foster integrated measurement infrastructure and standards across the Western Hemisphere. The ECPA Initiative on Renewable Energy and Climate Science builds on SIM’s activities with a focus on strengthening experimental and theoretical measurement sciences pertaining to renewable energy and climate change.

In 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) and the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) convened a strategic meeting to outline the activities of the ECPA initiative on Renewable Energy and Climate Science. The event hosted at the National Metrology Center in Queretaro, Mexico, during the SIM General Assembly, established the basis for hemispheric cooperation on metrology challenges relating to renewable energy and climate sciences.