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2015

December

Climate Change: “Tragedies already with us”

Thursday, December 10, 2015
When it comes to the impacts of climate change, the Caribbean countries are speaking “not of tragedies in the making but tragedies already with us,” Dominica’s Ambassador to the OAS and the United States, Hubert Charles, explained in an interview. More than 150 countries are meeting in Paris this month for the Conference of Parties […]

A Firm Focus on Energy Independence

Thursday, December 10, 2015
Crude oil prices have been relatively low all year, but the countries of the Caribbean know they can’t count on that forever. In a region often buffeted by volatile oil prices—and by the all-too-real effects of climate change—the countries are keeping their eyes firmly focused on the need for more sustainable energy solutions. Whether wind […]

November

The Imperative of Sustainable Development

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
“Sustainable development is not an option but an imperative,” OAS Assistant Secretary General Nestor Mendez reminded delegates at the opening of the Third Inter-American Meeting of Ministers and High Authorities on Sustainable Development, held October 19-20 in Tela, Honduras. “To be able to provide a better quality of life for the peoples of the hemisphere […]

Fueling Growth: Jamaica’s Energy Sector in Transition

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Jamaica is the largest island economy in the English-speaking Caribbean and the third-largest island in the region, with a geographical area of 11,000 square kilometers and a population of 2.83 million people. In 2013, its gross national income was US$15.44 billion, approximately $5,450 per capita. The country has been heavily dependent on imported fossil fuels […]

“Window of Opportunity” in the Caribbean

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Long dependent on imported crude oil, the Caribbean island states now have a “window of opportunity” to strengthen their energy security and deploy clean energy projects across the region, according to Ambassador Doctor Neil Parsan, OAS Executive Secretary for Integral Development of the Organization of American States (OAS). He was speaking at a recent ministerial […]

ECPA Project Update: Energy Efficiency Initiative

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Buildings are energy guzzlers: In the United States, they account for 38 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions and 73 percent of electricity consumption, according to the U.S. Green Building Council. An ECPA project being implemented in three cities in the hemisphere aims to find effective ways to reduce energy use in municipal buildings. The […]

October

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, […]

September

Strengthening Environmental Education in the Dominican Republic

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
A recent workshop held in the Dominican Republic brought together teachers, Ministry of Education staff, and other participants to talk about how to give students a better grounding in subjects related to energy and the environment. The event—“Energy Education and Awareness for a Sustainable Future”—was part of ECPA’s Sustainable Energy Capacity-Building Initiative (SECBI) for the […]

Spurring the Growth of Renewable Energy in the Americas

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
At a regional workshop held in Santiago, Chile, representatives of 16 countries in the hemisphere met to identify ways to encourage more widespread use of renewable energy sources. While considerable progress has been made on this front, participants at the meeting agreed that more work must be done on key issues to make renewables more […]

ECPA Fellow Visits Colombia

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Senior ECPA Fellow María Paz Gutiérrez traveled in early August to Medellín, Colombia, to share some of her expertise on sustainable housing and learn more about environmentally friendly projects being built locally. The Chilean architect was invited by the National University’s Medellín campus, which asked for her advice on a project that a team of […]

Promoting Energy and Climate Literacy

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
The Organization of American States and the U.S. Department of Energy signed a memorandum of understanding to foster information exchange and collaboration with a view to educating future generations about the principles of sustainable energy and energy efficiency. The agreement was signed by OAS Assistant Secretary General Nestor Mendez and LaDoris Harris, Director of the […]

Colombia: Principles for a Long-Term Energy Policy

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Colombia is South America’s fourth-largest country in land area and, with 47 million people, Latin America’s third-largest population. The country’s electricity sector is dominated by hydroelectric and thermal generation; however, Colombia has great potential to develop new renewable energy technologies, primarily wind, solar, and biomass. Colombia has developed a long-term plan designed to address the […]

August

ECPA Sustainable Communities Initiative Enables Environmental and Social Impact in the Caribbean

Monday, August 24, 2015
The Sustainable Communities in Central America and the Caribbean is currently supporting the development of two important activities in the Caribbean. The official launch of a solar project in Antigua and Barbuda, and the completion of an energy audit in the Dominican Republic, account for the most recent accomplishments of this ECPA initiative. Implemented by […]

ECPA Steering Committee Holds First Discussion

Monday, August 24, 2015
At the Second ECPA Ministerial held in Mexico in May 2015, the governments established a Steering Committee. The Department of Sustainable Development of the Organization of American States (OAS), in its ECPA Clearinghouse capacity, has been reaching out to this newly created body to commence meaningful dialogue on Partnership development. On July 10, the governments […]

Canada to Lead Heavy Oil Working Group Meeting

Monday, August 24, 2015
The 4th Heavy Oil Working Group (HOWG) meeting will take place on September 22, 2015 in Bogota, Colombia, in the fringes of the Heavy Oil Latin America Conference and Exhibition (HOLA). At the Second Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas ministerial meeting in Merida, Mexico, Canada’s Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford announced the 4th […]

Belize Strives for Greater Energy Efficiency

Monday, August 24, 2015
At a meeting held on June 30 through July 2 in Belmopan and Belize City, MESTPU Energy Director Ambrose Tillet said that “the OAS project will create an opportunity to pool a greater mass of capabilities to deliver on the ambitious goals and targets set out in the national sustainable energy strategy action plan.” The […]

July

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

Friday, July 24, 2015
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 […]

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

Friday, July 24, 2015
The ECPA Clearinghouse Mechanism launched the ambitious “General ECPA Survey on National Energy Sectors in Latin America and the Caribbean.” The survey is being carried out through National Focal Points to obtain detailed information on each country’s energy sector. The information will be used to plan the Clearinghouse Mechanism’s technical assistance and dialogue activities, as […]

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

Friday, July 24, 2015
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 […]

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

Friday, July 24, 2015
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 […]

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

Friday, July 24, 2015
The Department of Sustainable Development’s initiative on Closed-Loop Cycle Production in the Americas (CLCPA) is introducing the Cradle to Cradle® (C2C) concept in Latin America and the Caribbean using three programmatic components: awareness raising, analysis and advice for drafting policies, and promoting application of this innovative philosophy. The concept of the Circular Economy, based on […]

June

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

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
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 […]

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

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
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 […]

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

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
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, […]

Jamaica Readies for Sustainable Biofuels Production

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
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, […]

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

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
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. The sole power company (Saint Lucia Electricity […]

May

High-Level Dialogue on Transition toward Circular Economies in the Americas

Thursday, May 14, 2015
The circular economy concept offers an alternative to today’s linear “take, make, dispose” economic model, moving away from growth through the use of natural resources and ecosystems. This philosophy is eminently compatible with the principles of sustainable development and could inject added value into the intergovernmental negotiation processes for the post-2015 development agenda, both of […]

Energy Efficiency, Climate Change, and Leadership: Key Topics of the Second Ministerial Meeting of the ECPA

Thursday, May 14, 2015
The region’s high-ranking authorities on energy and climate will meet on May 25 and 26 to discuss the ECPA plan of action. Chief among the topics that the OAS member states will address in their discussions are energy efficiency, climate change, and charting a new course for the ECPA. Since its inception in 2009, the […]

Panama Readies Energy Plan 2015-2050

Thursday, May 14, 2015
With a population of more than three million, Panama is Central America’s front-runner in terms of growth and development (2014 Human Development Index) as well as the second most competitive country in the region, according to the World Economic Forum. Geographic good luck has blessed it with a canal connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans […]

RECICLACEITE Cooking Oil Recycling Project Launched in Guatemala City

Thursday, May 14, 2015
According to Argentina’s National Institute of Industrial Technology, every liter of used oil poured down the drain pollutes 1,000 liters of water. An average person uses an estimated 10 liters of oil per year. A new scheme was launched in Guatemala City on April 15 this year in the framework of the Sustainable Communities in […]

April

ECPA Energy Efficiency Working Group concludes current phase with a round of regional Meetings

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Chaired by the Government of Mexico, the ECPA Energy Efficiency Working Group provides technical assistance and advice to governments of the Americas in the advancement of their energy efficiency and conservation goals since 2011. This Working Group convened in excess of 30 workshops, seminars and technical exchange meetings. More than 650 government officials attended these […]

Dominican Republic and ECPA to lead regional energy education efforts

Thursday, April 16, 2015
OAS-ECPA and government representatives met in Santo Domingo and agreed that the Dominican Republic would serve as liaison between the Caribbean and Latin America to raise awareness on the importance of sustainable development and, more specifically, the role played by renewable energy and energy efficiency in the latter. The objective of these meetings held between […]

Connect 2022 Addresses Life Changing Potential of Biofuels

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Did you know that living, organic matter such as waste derived from the production of coffee has the potential to generate power and contribute to fulfill the region’s energy needs? Coffee-growing businesses in Honduras are one of many rural sectors in need of affordable, reliable energy. Producers could use organic waste to generate part of […]

ECPA Addresses Climate Science Metrology Challenges in the Caribbean

Thursday, April 16, 2015
The Department of Sustainable Development in association with The Bureau of Standards of Jamaica and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) of the United States cohosted the “Regional Workshop on Metrology and Technological Challenges of Climate Science and Renewable Energy 2015.” This technical meeting promoted regional and international partnerships and the exchange of […]

Chile Strives for Reliable, Sustainable, Inclusive and Affordable Energy Matrix

Thursday, April 16, 2015
According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), Chile is Latin America’s fifth largest energy consumer. However, it is a small producer of fossil fuels and therefore heavily dependent on energy imports. To strengthen energy security and improve competitiveness, the government is implementing an energy agenda based on seven strategic pillars which contemplate priority actions in […]

March

OAS and DR technical specialists seek to create awareness on the use of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in the country

Monday, March 30, 2015
A technical mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) and Dominicans that is working together in the development of an educational and awareness program in renewable energy and energy efficiency in Dominican Republic met this Thursday with institutions linked to the education sector to identify the contents and strategies to be developed for teaching […]

Mexico Convenes Second Ministerial Meeting of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Since its inception in 2009, ECPA partners worked jointly to increase energy security and promote low-carbon economic and social growth and integration in the Americas. Several initiatives focusing on seven fundamental pillars were launched, making of this voluntary hemispheric cooperation mechanism a key platform for dialogue on energy and climate. The preparatory process that took […]

ECPA Energy Efficiency Initiative in Municipal Buildings Implemented in Brazil, Chile and Trinidad and Tobago

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Buildings consume an average of 37 per cent of the world’s energy. Ameliorating their performance and operation helps build a cleaner environment through energy savings and improves comfort and productivity for dwellers, visitors, workers and other users. This is precisely what this ECPA initiative seeks to accomplish. The municipalities selected for the project share specific […]

Trinidad and Tobago

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
“In Trinidad and Tobago we have the human capacity for innovation, tolerance for newer ideas and a vision to achieve excellence in all spheres of human endeavours.” – Prime Minister, the Honourable Kamla Persad Bissessar at the United Nations Climate Summit on September 23, 2014. These confident statements were made in recognition of Trinidad and […]

Advancing Sustainable Development through Efficient Weatherization

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Increasing energy access across the Americas requires inclusive policies targeting vulnerable segments of society, promoting energy efficiency, and ensuring stable access to reliable energy services. On February 27, the Department of Sustainable Development of the OAS and the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), convened a Public Discussion Forum on Energy Efficiency in […]

Update of the Second Phase of Closed Looped Cycle Production in the Americas

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Closed Looped Cycle Production in the Americas (PCCA), an initiative led by the Department of Sustainable Development (DSD) of the Organization of American States (OAS) launched in Colombia the call “Closed Cycle Production: Accelerating the transition to a Circular Economy” on August of 2014, in collaboration with the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism (MINCIT), […]

February

ECPA Supports the Construction of River Infrastructure in Costa Rica

Thursday, February 26, 2015
At the onset of its second phase, Sustainable Communities in Central America and the Caribbean an initiative led by the Organization of American States (OAS) is financing a project to plan, design and implement river protection works that will benefit five communities in the municipality of Desamparados. The activity of the Jorco River has affected […]

A More Sustainable and Energetically Safer Caribbean

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Following up on the Caribbean Energy Security Initiative (CESI) launched in June 2014, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz convened a meeting in Washington with Caribbean heads of state and senior officials, and with international funding institutions to discuss the Caribbean region’s energy security. At the Summit, Vice President […]

A Carbon-Negative U.S. West Coast?

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Generating electricity from biomass, such as urban waste and sustainably-sourced forest and crop residues, is one strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, given its carbon-neutrality: it produces as much carbon as the plants absorb from the atmosphere. By capturing carbon from burning biomass termed bio energy with carbon capture and sequestration (BECCS) power generators could […]

Costa Rica Builds a Renewable, Self-sufficient and Participatory Energy Policy

Thursday, February 26, 2015
In September 2014 Costa Rica began a National Energy Dialogue process geared toward fostering diverse and participatory debate with all stakeholders actively engaged in the sector in order to establish guidelines for the short-, medium- and long-term national energy agenda. As the nation’s governing body of environment and energy, the Ministry of Environment and Energy […]

2014

December

ECPA Clearinghouse 2014 Snapshot

Wednesday, December 10, 2014
This diagram summarizes the main activities carried by the ECPA Clearinghouse during 2014. In its Clearinghouse capacity, the OAS Department for Sustainable Development organized four regional technical workshops throughout the Americas, four Public discussion forums in Washington DC and four sub-regional preparatory meetings for ECPA’s II upcoming ministerial reunion, to be held in 2015. Click […]

November

A Renewed Commitment to Renewable Energy

Monday, November 10, 2014
With infrastructure costs for renewable energy declining, renewables are becoming increasingly viable for Latin America and the Caribbean. A recent workshop looked at some of the advantages of renewable energy sources: They can help countries diversify their energy matrix, improve the quality of life for people who live in isolated areas currently off the grid, […]

Teaching Responsible Energy Use to the Next Generation

Monday, November 10, 2014
A number of countries in the region are hoping to make their energy future brighter by incorporating lessons on energy efficiency into the classroom. An upcoming regional workshop will examine some of the most effective ways to enlighten students about responsible energy use long before they ever have to pay an electric bill. The OAS-sponsored […]

Region Prepares for a Second ECPA Ministerial Meeting

Monday, November 10, 2014
Looking ahead to a second ministerial-level meeting of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas, to be held in 2015, each sub region has been holding preparatory meetings to evaluate progress on projects and initiatives and discuss how this hemisphere-wide effort could be strengthened. These meetings have also laid the groundwork for a Plan […]

Mexico: Building a More Sustainable Energy Agenda

Monday, November 10, 2014
Climate change is no longer the stuff of the future—and countries throughout the Americas are taking concrete steps to address its effects. To help the OAS member countries exchange information on this critical issue, this newsletter will offer an occasional focus on a specific country, to see what policies and measures it is adopting to […]

Looking to a Future Sustainable Development Agenda

Monday, November 10, 2014
The countries of the Americas are in the process of defining the next generation of challenges to achieve sustainable development. A recent forum at the OAS—“Building a Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda for the Americas”—provided an opportunity to discuss some of the region’s priorities and goals moving forward. The forum, held on October 21, brought together […]

Closed Looped Cycle Production Highlighted at the 2014 World Resources Forum

Monday, November 10, 2014
An ECPA initiative that encourages sustainable, “closed-loop” production methods was the focus of two workshops held as part of a major international event—the 2014 World Resources Forum in Arequipa, Peru. Through the workshops, several partners in the “Closed Looped Cycle Production in the Americas” initiative highlighted innovative production methods designed to improve business productivity, competitiveness, […]

October

Regional Energy Efficiency Program Launched in Uruguay

Wednesday, October 08, 2014
The Latin American and Caribbean region has enormous market potential for energy efficiency, but tapping into that potential will take a coordinated push among actors in both the public and private sectors. That was the conclusion reached by participants in the recent launch of the Regional Energy Efficiency Program, part of an initiative called “Toward […]

New Newsletter to Focus on Circular Economy

Wednesday, October 08, 2014
The concept of a “circular economy” or “closed-loop” production is attracting growing interest—a reflection of its versatility in application, environmental benefits, and potential for cost savings. As a result of the number of events and developments in the field, the OAS will produce a monthly newsletter, beginning this month, to focus exclusively on the topic. […]

Focusing on Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals

Wednesday, October 08, 2014
The Inter-American Committee on Sustainable Development will meet on October 22-23 at OAS headquarters to launch a review and update of OAS priorities and policies on sustainable development and the environment, with a focus on the region’s post-2015 development agenda. The meeting, chaired by Honduras, sets in motion a year-long process that will culminate with […]

Aluna: A Wake-Up Call

Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Scientists issue repeated warnings about the need to protect the planet, but they are not the only ones with concerns. Through an unusual new documentary film, the Kogi people of Colombia are calling on the world to see the environment through their eyes and understand their fears. An indigenous civilization hidden in the Sierra Nevada […]

Access to Clean Energy: From Pilot Project to Sustainable Enterprise

Wednesday, October 08, 2014
In 2011, armed with a grant awarded under the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), nonprofit organization Trees, Water & People launched an initiative to increase the use of clean technologies in several Latin American countries. That pilot project has since spawned a social enterprise that is making solar lighting products accessible to […]

“Biotaxis” and other Clean Transportation Options

Wednesday, October 08, 2014
A regional ECPA workshop held in the Colombian capital focused on opportunities to incorporate energy-efficient alternatives into the transportation sector. Participants heard about such recent developments as a fleet of “Biotaxis” in Bogotá and a new trolley system being built in Medellín. The workshop on “Energy-Efficiency Trends for Fossil Fuel Use,” held on September 25, […]

Greener Goblins and Ghouls

Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Halloween is a time for the imagination to run wild—and with just a little creative imagination the festivities can be less scary for the environment. In the United States alone, consumers are expected to spend $7.4 billion this year on this ghostly celebration, according to the National Retail Federation. And Halloween has become a global […]

September

South America Gears Up to Take the Measure of Climate Change

Tuesday, September 02, 2014
A workshop in Uruguay brings together representatives of several South American countries to address some of the challenges the hemisphere faces in tackling these issues. The Regional Workshop on Metrology and Technology Challenges of Climate Science and Renewable Energy takes place from September 2-4 in Montevideo. The event—which follows a similar workshop in May held […]

Promoting Sustainability in Chile and Belize

Tuesday, September 02, 2014
The ECPA Senior Fellows Innovation Projects Grant Award encourages the development and implementation of local projects that help increase sustainability, grow the use of clean energy, build models for adaptation to climate change, and design solutions for reducing deforestation. Kammen’s proposal—“Sustainable and Cost-Effective Growth for Chile’s Electricity Sector Requiring Creating Local Capacity on Integrative Planning […]

ECPA Supports Sustainable Energy in the Caribbean

Tuesday, September 02, 2014
In his remarks at the event, Saint Lucia’s Minister for the Public Service, Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology, James Fletcher, stressed the importance of sustaining efforts to transform the region’s energy sector. He noted that the high cost of electricity undermines business productivity in Caribbean countries, a factor that must be addressed if the […]

Call for Proposals: Closed-Cycle Production in Colombia

Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Companies in Colombia’s chemical, textile, and lumber sectors may submit proposals by September 15, 2014. The companies selected will receive training and technical assistance from experts who will work with them to identify ways to improve environmental performance and production systems design. The training will help the companies be better positioned, from a technical standpoint, […]

Sustainable Communities Proposals Being Evaluated

Tuesday, September 02, 2014
The initiative provides grants of up to $50,000 each to support community projects that address some of the challenges of rapid urbanization, with a focus on at least one of four priority areas. The most popular category of proposals submitted was for projects focusing on waste management, recycling (including electronic waste), and improved water resource […]

Workshop in Colombia on Energy-Efficient Use of Fossil Fuels

Monday, September 01, 2014
Colombia has seen a sharp upturn in oil, natural gas, and coal production in recent years, due to a series of regulatory reforms in 2008 that have spurred more exploration and development in this sector. At the same time, energy efficiency is becoming an increasingly important part of the energy picture. Countries around the world […]

August

Shedding Light on Energy Innovation

Thursday, August 14, 2014
The solar lamps are the first step in a broader plan to expand the use of solar technology in Peru. PowerMundo, a social enterprise which is based in the U.S. state of Colorado and has a field office in Lima, is working with another Colorado company, diviPower, to implement the pilot project in off-the-grid areas […]

Green Municipal Buildings

Thursday, August 14, 2014
The project, managed by Florida International University (FIU), expects to reduce energy use in 400 buildings in those cities. Last year, FIU won a grant of nearly $800,000 from the U.S. Department of State for the three-year project. An FIU research team is partnering with leading academic institutions in the three target areas—the Federal University […]

ECPA Hosts Workshops in Colombia

Thursday, August 14, 2014
A total of 370 people attended the workshops, titled “Closed Looped Cycle Production in the Americas: An Innovative Vision of Productivity.” The events were held in Bogotá on July 29 and Medellín on August 1. Experts from the OAS General Secretariat and Colombia’s National Center for Cleaner Production provided the training as part of an […]

ECPA Forum Examines Natural Gas Outlook in the Region

Thursday, August 14, 2014
The event was sponsored by the OAS Department of Sustainable Development, the clearinghouse for the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA). In recent years, natural gas output has soared in the United States, largely due to the increased production of shale gas through such techniques as hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling. The booming […]

Spotlight on Sustainable Energy in the Caribbean

Thursday, August 14, 2014
Energy is a critical component of economic development in any country, but this is a particularly pressing issue in the Caribbean, which depends heavily on energy imports and generates most of its electricity from diesel or gasoil. Countries in the region are looking at options to develop domestic energy sources for power generation or transportation […]

July

OAS Shares Lessons Learned on Energy Efficiency

Monday, July 07, 2014
The OAS Department of Sustainable Development participated in a National Energy Development Partners Forum in Saint Lucia, sharing some of the lessons it has learned through its extensive field experience in sustainable energy and energy efficiency issues, particularly in the Caribbean region. International energy donors and partners were invited to join their local counterparts at […]

ECPA Clearinghouse Briefs Latin American Energy Leaders

Monday, July 07, 2014
Energy experts from several Latin American countries had the opportunity to learn about ECPA during their visit to the United States through the U.S. International Visitor Leadership Program. The program, run by the Department of State, seeks to strengthen U.S. engagement with countries around the world and cultivate lasting relationships by connecting current and emerging […]

Call for Proposals: Sustainable Communities Initiative

Monday, July 07, 2014
Under a program called Sustainable Communities in Central America and the Caribbean, a new round of small grants will be awarded to support projects that address some of the challenges of rapid urbanization in the region. An initiative of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), the program is managed by the Organization […]

ECPA Fellows Comment on U.S. Plan to Cut Carbon Pollution

Monday, July 07, 2014
Proposed rules to reduce carbon emissions from U.S. power plants provide innovative, flexible ways to address the negative impacts of climate change, according to several energy experts who participate in the Senior ECPA Fellows Program. Under guidelines announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on June 2, states must identify their own paths President […]

ECPA to Hold its Fourth Public Discussion Forum

Monday, July 07, 2014
Recognizing the strategic importance of natural gas to countries’ energy plans, the last in a series of ECPA forums will focus on the “Impact of Expanded Natural Gas Resources on the Energy Future of the Americas.” The forum will take place at OAS headquarters on Wednesday, July 30, starting at 2:00 p.m. Natural gas is […]

A World Cup Brimming with Green Energy

Monday, July 07, 2014
Since it kicked off on June 12, the 2014 World Cup in Brazil has brought high energy to the field—and has scored progress on the green energy front as well. A case in point is the Mineirão stadium in Belo Horizonte, the first World Cup stadium powered by solar energy. The stadium’s 6,000 photovoltaic panels […]

OAS High-Level Forum Focuses on Climate Change

Monday, July 07, 2014
While “some people are still in disbelief” about the impact of climate change, the long-term scientific data are not in question, the Co-Chair of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Vicente Barros, told an OAS forum. “Since 1960 there has been a progressive warming, there is no doubt about it,” he said. […]

June

Update on Connect 2022

Friday, June 13, 2014
Colombia’s Unit for Mining and Energy Planning (UPME) gave the presentation on the sidelines of the May 19-20 International Renewable Energy Forum in Cancún, Mexico, during a planning session for the next ECPA ministerial meeting. An emblematic initiative in ECPA’s portfolio, Connect 2022 seeks to strengthen and support regional and binational efforts underway to take […]

Entrepreneurial Initiative on Clean Energy Reaches the Finish Line

Friday, June 13, 2014
Given that clean energy has become such an important national and international issue in recent years, Yo Emprendedor created a specific category for these types of ventures, to encourage entrepreneurial activity in this sector in Central America and the Caribbean. The nonprofit, nongovernmental organization, which is based in Costa Rica, implemented the effort under ECPA […]

ECPA Supports Upcoming Forum on Climate Change

Friday, June 13, 2014
The event—called “Policy Dialogues on Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities for the Americas”—is sponsored by the OAS and the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA). It will take place on June 17, beginning at 3 p.m. EDT, at OAS headquarters in Washington. Speakers will include Vicente Barros, Co-Chair of the United Nations Intergovernmental […]

Closing the Loop for Sustainability

Friday, June 13, 2014
The working meeting was part of an ECPA initiative called “Closed Looped Cycle Production in the Americas,” which promotes a new approach to production in which materials that have reached the end of their useful life can be recycled, repurposed, or returned to the earth as nutrients. Closed-loop production is based on the “cradle-to-cradle” (C2C) […]

Montevideo Meeting Focuses on Making Homes More Energy-Efficient

Friday, June 13, 2014
Energy efficiency experts and representatives from several countries participated in the technical exchange mission, held May 22-23. The event was organized by the ECPA Energy Efficiency Working Group. A key goal was to begin a dialogue about how the U.S. Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) might be used as a model and applied in other countries. […]

Gauging the Effects of Climate Change

Friday, June 13, 2014
This was the first in a series of technical workshops being held to build institutional capacity on this issue, as part of an initiative called Renewable Energy and Climate Science: Metrology and Technology Challenges in the Americas. The project is being implemented by the OAS Department of Sustainable Development and the U.S. National Institute of […]

May

Status of ECPA Heavy Oil Working Group Presented in Mexico

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
The Heavy Oil Working Group (HOWG) serves as a forum for heavy oil producers and consumers in the Americas to exchange information on best practices and technological innovation. This group provides an opportunity to create a collaborative network of experts within the region, and gain a greater understanding of the potential of heavy oil. The […]

Government of Mexico Hosts First Preparatory ECPA Ministerial Meeting On the Fringes of the International Renewable Energy Forum

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
On May 19-20, Mexico’s Energy Secretariat (SENER) hosted the International Renewable Energy Forum (FIER) at the Mayan Rivera in the State of Quintana Roo. More than 300 energy practitioners and experts from the Western Hemisphere met to discuss current developments in renewable energy. Roberto Borge, Governor of the State of Quintana Roo, launched the event. […]

“The Greenest Building is the One that is Already Built”

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Over 15 national Caribbean trusts and heritage organizations met to share ideas, tools and techniques for cultural and natural conservation. During his address, Senior ECPA Fellow Jeff Soule noted that “through adaptive re-use of buildings, compact settlement patterns, walkability and mixed use, the historic places show how we need to develop new areas and focus […]

ECPA Initiative on Solar Energy Training in Central America and Mexico Draws to Conclusion

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
APSA boasts many success stories. Its biggest impact is the high number of solar PV systems deployed in homes and businesses across Central America and Mexico. In less than six months, program trainees installed more than 500 kilowatts of small solar systems in over 80 individual projects. This number is expected to reach as much […]

ECPA Initiative Demonstrates Viability of Biogas as a Sustainable Energy Source

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Biogas provides an integrated approach to energy generation, nutrient recycling for food production, waste management, air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. ECPA strategic partner SNV, has published the study “Productive Biogas: Current and Future Development” showcasing in five experiences in Vietnam, Uganda, Honduras, Mali and Peru. These initiatives share a renewable energy framework aimed at […]

Flight of the Butterflies Screened at the Embassy of Canada in Washington

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Monarch butterflies are known for their incredible mass migration—a spectacular journey of more than 5,000 miles in search of warmer temperatures. These butterflies have the longest and largest migration route in North America, flying over Canada and the United States before they reach their final destination in Mexico. It takes three generations of Monarch butterflies […]

April

OAS Contributes to Urban Equality in the Americas

Monday, April 28, 2014
Planet Earth is home to almost seven billion people two thirds of whom live in cities and urban areas. This figure would not say much on its own if it were not for the fact that one in four people lives in informal settlements. Urban inequality has been on the rise since the 1980s, taking […]

Mexico’s CONUEE Partakes in the Launch of Energy Efficiency Projects in Chile

Monday, April 28, 2014
On World Energy Efficiency Day celebrated in March 5, Sergio del Campo, Chile’s Energy Deputy Secretary, and William Phillips, former Executive Director of the Chilean Energy Efficiency Agency (AChEE), presented the Agency’s 2014 project portfolio and encouraged various organizations to engage in the activities related to energy efficiency. CONUEE representatives Francisco Salazar Neumann and Juventino […]

ECPA Initiative Fosters Community Engagement in Sustainable Urban Housing

Monday, April 28, 2014
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was the venue chosen by the American Planning Association (APA) to celebrate the successful closure of its ECPA Sustainable and Inclusive Housing and Community Development project. On March 12, APA and its four partner organizations gathered to share best practices, lessons learned and challenges moving forward. The event was held at […]

ECPA Public Forum Features Engagement Strategies to Promote Clean Energy

Monday, April 28, 2014
The forum showcased the experience of 10 ECPA implementing organizations, which through collaborative efforts have leveraged support from governments, international organizations and NGOs in projects that address energy challenges facing the countries of the Americas. Close to 50 participants attended the dialogue, including government officials, academic and civil society representatives, and energy and climate practitioners, […]

Belize to Advance Sustainable Forestry and Land Use with the Support of ECPA

Monday, April 28, 2014
On March 21-23, ECPA Fellow and Sustainable Forests and Land Use expert, Janaki R. R. Alavalapati, visited Belize to attend the Forest Management & Monitoring Stakeholder Forum. Dr. Alavalapati also met with government officials and representatives from the private sector and from the University of Belize. Fellow Alavalapati took advantage of his visit to strengthen […]

Agroindustry in Central America Bets on New Electricity Sources

Monday, April 28, 2014
Biomass is biological material derived from living, or recently living organisms. Specifically, biogas refers to a mixture of gases produced by the breakdown of such living or organic matter, in the absence of oxygen. It can be produced from raw materials such as recycled coffee or porcine waste. Biogas is a renewable source of energy, […]

Colombia to Implement Closed Looped Cycle Production

Monday, April 28, 2014
In 2013, the OAS Department of Sustainable Development worked with the Government of Ecuador to implement the Closed Looped Cycle Production in the Americas (CLCPA) initiative, aimed at deploying the Cradle-to-Cradle (C2C) certification process in the food industry. The pilot project concluded successfully, and Batery Alimentos S.A.—a food company in Ecuador—became the first company in […]

March

ECPA Advances Sustainable Energy Capacity Building in the Caribbean

Thursday, March 27, 2014
The Caribbean region is almost entirely dependent on fossil fuels for its transportation and electricity needs. Renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies offer considerable opportunities to meet growing energy demand in a cost-effective fashion. Through the ECPA initiative on Caribbean Sustainable Energy Capacity Building, the OAS will work closely with Caribbean governments to tackle key […]

Second Phase of ECPA Fellows Program Launched

Thursday, March 27, 2014
Partners of the Americas (PoA) announces the second phase of its ECPA Fellows Initiative, supported by the U.S. Department of State. The first grant awarded was very successful in the creation of partnerships across the Americas and concluded in September 2013. During the first phase PoA coordinated 46 visits to 20 countries in the region […]

OAS and Panama’s National Energy Secretariat hold regional technical workshop on sustainable urban development

Thursday, March 27, 2014
In opening remarks, Ambassador Abigail Castro de Pérez, OAS representative in Panama, expressed appreciation for the important and unquestioned support of the Government of Panama for the workshop, and discussed OAS efforts on energy and climate change issues. Castro de Pérez also invited all participants as well as the representatives of Central American governments in […]

New “Panama Green Label” to promote sustainable production in businesses

Thursday, March 27, 2014
The government of Panama announced the launch of the new “Panama Green Label” to be developed by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MICI) and the Union of Industrialists of Panama (SIP) with support and technical assistance from the OAS-SEDI Department of Sustainable Development. The Label – announced on March 19, 2014 at the IX […]

ECPA Strategic Partner University of Texas at Austin Hosted IX Latin American Forum on Energy and the Environment

Thursday, March 27, 2014
L to R; Cletus Springer, Director of the Department of Sustainable Development OAS; Pamela Tomski, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Energy and Environment Program; The Honorable Kevin Ramnarine, Minister of Energy and Energy Affairs, Trinidad and Tobago; Dr. Terrence Quinn, Director, University of Texas at Austin Jackson School of Geosciences, Institute for Geophysics; Alejandro […]

ECPA Energy Efficiency Working Group to Support Energy Labeling in Eastern Caribbean

Thursday, March 27, 2014
On February 6-7, 2014, the OECS Secretariat and the Caribbean Renewable Energy Development Programme (CREDP-GIZ) convened the final workshop of the Eastern Caribbean Energy Labeling Project (ECELP). The event marked the conclusion of an effort orchestrated in collaboration with national bureau of standards, importers and retailers of electrical equipment, and other government agencies in Antigua […]

February

Purdue University and Government of Colombia Establish Strategic Agreements to Foster Research, Technology and Education

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
A partnership between the Government of Colombia and Purdue University was announced on January 20, 2014, after a meeting with the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, the Minister of Education, Maria Fernanda Campo, and the President of Purdue University, Mitchell Daniels. President Santos invited Purdue to play a central role in planning for the […]

Panama’s National Energy Secretariat to Host ECPA Regional Technical Workshop on Energy Concerns for an Expanding Urban Infrastructure

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
On February 26, 2014, Panama City will host a regional technical workshop under the auspices of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA). The ECPA Clearinghouse, led by the OAS Department of Sustainable Development, is supporting Panama’s National Energy Secretariat in the organization of this activity which will address various aspects of the […]

OAS Convenes Public Forum on Education in Energy and Climate Change

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
On January 16 the ECPA Clearinghouse, hosted by the OAS Department of Sustainable Development (DSD), convened a public discussion forum on energy and climate change education with the aim of identifying ways to advance greater energy and climate change awareness, education and literacy across the Americas. The event facilitated open debate among a diverse group […]

People of Nevis Island Take Preventive Actions Against Natural Hazards

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
A grant under the Sustainable Communities in Central America and the Caribbean ECPA initiative, implemented by the Department of Sustainable Development (DSD) of the Organization of American States (OAS), is allowing H.O.P.E. Nevis to deploy a community engagement action plan against natural hazards in the lush Caribbean island of Nevis. Over the course of one […]

ECPA welcomes New Strategic Partner Instituto IDEAL from Brazil

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
IDEAL is a private non-profit organization headquartered in Florianopolis, Brazil, dedicated to the advancement of renewable energy for the development of energy integration policies in Latin America. IDEAL focuses its work in three main activities: The Eco_Logicas contest, the Cleaner Energy Seminar and America del Sol. These programs include a series of free initiatives. Additionally, […]

ECPA Strategic Partner Leads Technical Mission on Urban Management Capacity Building in Curitiba

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
ECPA strategic partner Organization for the Development of Latin America ONWARD International and Brazil’s International Institute for Local Development (IIDEL) are organizing a “Technical Mission on Urban Management Capacity Building to Advance Municipal Development through Public-Private Partnerships.” The technical mission will take place in the city of Curitiba, Brazil, on February 24-28, 2014. This technical […]

ECPA Strategic Partner GGKP Launches Web Platform to Accelerate Green Economy Transition

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
The Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP) is a global partnership of international organizations and experts that identifies and addresses major knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice. By encouraging widespread collaboration and world-class research, the GGKP offers practitioners and policymakers the policy guidance, good practices, tools, and data necessary to support the transition to […]

January

Young Colombian Entrepreneurs Meet With Washington-Based Multilateral Organizations, Diplomats

Friday, January 17, 2014
Photo: Clearinghouse team On November 8, 2013, a group of young environmental leaders and entrepreneurs hailing from several rural communities in Colombia met with Colombian diplomats and representatives of multilateral organizations to discuss their ideas to further economic and social activities in their villages. The visit was coordinated by the Colombian National Learning Service (SENA) […]

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 […]

Coffee Growers Receive Training on Improved Renewable Energy Generation Techniques in Costa Rica

Friday, January 17, 2014
On November 19-22, 2013, representatives from 15 Central American coffee growing organizations attended a workshop to learn about new techniques to reduce energy costs and increase profits while curbing carbon emissions and caring for the environment. The four-day event was hosted at the Research Center for Electrochemistry and Energy Chemistry (CELEQ) in San José, Costa […]

ECPA Initiative on Sustainable Communities in Central America and the Caribbean Organizes Social Urbanism and Public Management Course in Medellin

Friday, January 17, 2014
(Photo Credits: EAFIT) On December 2-6, 2013, the Organization of American States and EAFIT University (Escuela de Administración y Finanzas e Instituto Tecnológico) convened a course geared toward disseminating best practices and lessons learned in sustainable urban development. The course focused on Medellin’s Integral Urban Projects approach (known as PUI), conceived as an urban intervention […]

Mayors in the Americas Strive for more Sustainable and Resilient Communities through Knowledge Sharing and Exchange of Experiences

Friday, January 17, 2014
On December 3-4, 2013, the Organization of American States (OAS) held the Colloquium for Mayors “Towards Sustainable and Resilient Communities in the Americas”. The event sought to catalyze hemispheric cooperation among experts, mayors, and regional partners, bolster regional cooperation, improve the quality of municipal governance and establish a framework for effective collaboration and exchanges between […]

Two Initiatives Implemented by Worldwatch Institute Added to the ECPA Project Portfolio in 2014

Friday, January 17, 2014
Two projects recently completed by ECPA strategic partner Worldwatch Institute are joining the ECPA project portfolio in 2014. The projects are “Phase 1 of the Caribbean Sustainable Energy and Roadmap Strategy initiative (C-SERMS)” and “The Way Forward for Renewable Energy in Central America.” Both efforts advance the goals enshrined in the seven fundamental pillars of […]

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