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Thursday, May 14, 2015

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

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.
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Thursday, May 14, 2015

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

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 which concepts are being addressed by the Inter-American Council for Integral Development and at the United Nations.
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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Panama Readies Energy Plan 2015-2050

The Panamanian energy sector has come a long way since its privatization in 1997, making deep-seated changes in its market operation model and clear improvements in terms of product availability, supply, and customer attention. This situation has made the energy sector the focus of political, social, and business discussions in the country, with civil society playing an increasingly active part, so much so that it now has a decisive role in the sector.
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Thursday, May 14, 2015

RECICLACEITE Cooking Oil Recycling Project Launched in Guatemala City

The contamination process begins when homes, restaurants, and cafés pour cooking oil down the drain, creating high costs in drainage-system cleaning bills, blockages, foul odors, and the spread of pests. When the oil-water mixture reaches the rivers it stops surface oxygen from reaching the bottom, where fish and plants live.
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Monday, May 4, 2015

OAS Holds High-Level Dialogue on Transition toward Circular Economies in the Americas to Slow Climate Change

The Organization of American States (OAS) today hosted a high-level dialogue entitled "Facilitating the Transition toward Circular Economies in the Americas" at its headquarters in Washington, DC, to discuss the progress of the "Closed Looped Cycle Production in the Americas" program being implemented in Colombia, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago, and whose ultimate goal is to be replicated in other countries of the region to make a substantial contribution to sustainable development in the hemisphere.
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Thursday, April 30, 2015

OAS convenes high-level dialogue on the transition to a Circular Economy in the Americas

The headquarters of the Inter-American hemispheric organization will host next Monday, May 04, 2015 a high level dialogue on the transition to a Circular Economy in the Americas.
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Thursday, April 16, 2015

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

The Government of Chile has set an ambitious agenda to improve energy access for its people. The goals of this national energy agenda include reducing marginal system costs by 30%, lowering prices in household supply tenders by 25%, and expanding non-conventional renewable energy so that it represents 20% of the energy mix within the next 10 years.
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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Connect 2022 Addresses Life Changing Potential of Biofuels

According to the Inter-American Development Bank, power generation in Latin America and the Caribbean needs to double by 2030 in order to keep pace with growth. Currently, more than 31 million people in the region do not have access to electricity, and the International Energy Association estimates the region’s power sector needs more than $700 billion in investments. With this picture in mind, the Connecting the Americas 2022 (Connect 2022) initiative, set a 10-year goal of interconnecting the Western Hemisphere with affordable electricity.
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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Dominican Republic and ECPA to lead regional energy education efforts

Much has been discussed about the need to foster and enhance energy education and literacy to ensure the development and deployment of sustainable energy technologies, especially among younger generations. In the Caribbean region, the ECPA Sustainable Energy Capacity Building Initiative (SECBI) seeks to empower energy science education to develop critical thinking skills required for today’s labor market and future economies.
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Thursday, April 16, 2015

ECPA Addresses Climate Science Metrology Challenges in the Caribbean

Improved measurement in scientific research and development associated with climate science and renewable energy is a valuable policy implementation tool. It allows countries to better assess the effects of their climate change policies, establish realistic goals and understand the true value of expanding the share of renewables in the energy mix. By strengthening the use of internationally recognized standards and measurements, the countries in the Americas are better equipped to effectively address climate change and advance low carbon economic growth.
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