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Friday, June 13, 2014

ECPA Supports Upcoming Forum on Climate Change

High-level international experts on climate change will participate in the 59th OAS Policy Roundtable, which will explore some of the key challenges the countries of the region face as they seek to mitigate negative consequences and improve their ability to adapt to a changing planet.
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Friday, June 13, 2014

Gauging the Effects of Climate Change

To be able to mitigate the effects of climate change, countries must be able to measure what is happening. The Regional Workshop on Metrology and Technology Challenges of Climate Science and Renewable Energy—which took place May 28-29 in Guatemala City—brought together some 200 participants to discuss how to strengthen the use of accurate, internationally recognized standards and measurements when it comes to climate and energy.
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Friday, June 13, 2014

Update on Connect 2022

The Colombian government recently offered an overview of the progress made to date by Connecting the Americas 2022 (Connect 2022)—an initiative that sets a goal of universal access to electricity in the hemisphere within the next decade—and invited other countries in the region to become more actively involved in this effort.
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Friday, June 13, 2014

Closing the Loop for Sustainability

Several countries and implementing partners involved in an initiative to promote sustainability in the industrial sector met in Washington May 13-14 and approved action plans for developing several projects around the region.
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Friday, June 13, 2014

Entrepreneurial Initiative on Clean Energy Reaches the Finish Line

Wrapping up an initiative to foster entrepreneurial innovation in clean energy, the organization Yo Emprendedor presented its findings, recommendations, and follow-up proposals at a May 14 meeting in San José, Costa Rica.
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Friday, June 13, 2014

Montevideo Meeting Focuses on Making Homes More Energy-Efficient

With the motto “Healthy, safe, and energy-efficient homes for the Americas,” a meeting in Montevideo, Uruguay, looked at how to improve housing with a focus on energy efficiency—particularly for low-income households in the region.
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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

Government officials from 11 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean met in the Mexican Rivera Maya to discuss the prospects of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas. This was the first in a series of four sub-regional gatherings geared toward defining an energy and climate plan of action to be presented at the ECPA ministerial meeting to be held in 2015.
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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

In 2013, the renewable energy educational organization Solar Energy International launched the solar training program “Academia de Profesionales Solares de las Américas” (APSA). The program trained 50 people representing countries, communities, and organizations to design, install and maintain solar PV systems and to successfully launch and administer businesses in this important industry.
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

ECPA Initiative Demonstrates Viability of Biogas as a Sustainable Energy Source

Can community-owned biogas generation systems be sustainable and cost-effective? An ECPA pilot initiative on biogas electricity generation in Central America demonstrated the technical and financial viability of this resource, particularly in specialized markets requiring environmental solutions.
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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

In celebration of Earth Day, the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States, through its Department of Sustainable Development and the Permanent Missions of Canada, Mexico and the United States to the OAS hosted the special screening of “Flight of the Butterflies" at the Embassy of Canada in Washington. The movie raises awareness about the conservation of this once ubiquitous butterfly species.
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