Latin America & The Caribbean Network

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Claudia Cronenbold, Vice Chair

Andrea Arrobo, Regional Manager

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad & Tobago and Uruguay are the current 10 Member Committees in Latin America. The World Energy Council also has one direct member, the Dominican Republic Energy and Mines Ministry. This extensive network brings together the key energy leaders from the region, including Ministers and government officials, CEOs , academics, energy experts, among others; to discuss and work for a sustainable energy system in the region.

Council’s activities in Latin America and the Caribbean region include the organization of different events, at regional and national level; the development of region specific content. In addition, some member committees organise World Energy Academy Courses to contribute on capacity building of industry professionals in the country; the Council actively engages young professionals from the region through its Future Energy Leaders’ Programme (FEL-100)  as well as it collaborates with other regional organizations to advance in the development of sustainable energy systems.

Events

Regional events for Latin America & the Caribbean are hosted annually or bi-annually, rotating among the different Member Committees. These events seek to bring together top level public and private sector representatives to discuss critical energy issues affecting Latin America & the Caribbean. These events are organised by the Council’s Member Committees in the region with strong support from our regional team.

The next regional event will be hosted by Argentina in July 2017 – more information following soon.

South American Energy Forum 2015, Quito, Ecuador

The 2016 regional event took place in Rio de Janeiro (July 2016) with 180 high level participants. Discussions centred on energy integration projects , the resilience challenges in the region and the road ahead COP21.

Previous Regional events were hosted by Ecuador on September 10-11, 2015, in partnership with the Union of South American Nations -UNASUR- and the Ministry of Renewable Energy and Electricity and by Colombia in 2014 together with the Council’s Executive Assembly and World Energy Leaders’ Summit. This meeting gathered over 700 high-level energy representatives from around the world to discuss topics including energy sustainability and regional integration.

 

In addition to Regional Events, Members from the region constantly host local events to discuss national priorities. Please refer to our events page for further information.

 

Regional content

The Council is working on a Latin America Scenarios Deep Dive which will provide a regional insight within the global Scenarios context, enabling corporate strategists to test the robustness of their key strategy and investment decisions and policymakers to test the robustness of their policy decisions. The deep dive will also be a valuable tool for decision-makers to assess the gamechangers of tomorrow and to deepen understanding of the key driving forces for the region’s energy sector.

Furthermore, 5 Member Committees in the region together with the Council have developed National Issues Monitor maps. This tool enables to identify the national priorities of energy leaders in the different countries, compare them with the regional and global priorities and is a great tool for strategy leaders and decision makers to understand the issues affecting the energy sector at country, region and global level.

 

World Energy Academy in Latin America

World Energy Academy Course Argentina

The main purpose of the World Energy Academy is to build a specialised environment for informed discussion in the energy field. The Academy seeks to provide basic energy concepts and strategic vision on the key challenges facing the energy sector which will allow professionals to understand the strategic role energy plays and the importance of building a sustainable energy system. The Academy is aimed at a broad audience, professionals from different backgrounds which are interested in the energy sector as well as post graduate students, journalists, etc. The course consists of 12 sessions of 3 hours, where high-level experts give classes on different energy topics based on the Council’s studies. The course is conducted virtually in some countries and in person in other cases.

The Latin American region has been a leader of this initiative which was born in Argentina in 2014. The Academy is currently run by individual Member Committees in Argentina, Colombia and Brazil and over 500 students have already graduated from the courses.

 

Collaboration with regional organisations

The Council closely works with organizations in the region to enhance joint efforts to develop a sustainable regional energy system.

The Council has a strong collaboration with CAF- Development Bank of Latin America, developing joint activities throughout the year in different countries in Latin America. In addition, the Council collaborates with CIER and ARPEL.

Additionally, the World Energy Council in Latin America has joined efforts with ALADI, ARPEL, ECLAC, CIER, OAS and OLADE with the financial support and institutional participation of CAF .This regional Energy Agenda, has developed studies of the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) energy sector and its integration into the global context, resulting in a diagnosis of the current state of the energy sector in LAC region and the identification of the key issues to be considered. The group is currently undergoing the following initiatives:

1.Energy Efficiency Programme: the overall objective of the program is to define a common strategy adapted to the current Energy Efficiency situation in the region with an action plan for the development of energy efficiency markets.

2.PRESER: This project seeks to identify specific energy projects which if developed will have a significant contribution to the energy sector in the region.

3.UNILA: Develop a course to prepare professionals from the region and transfer knowledge on elements of analysis and decision making, as well as lessons learned and prospects for energy integration in Latin America and the Caribbean, on a multi-sectorial regional academic environment, and multidisciplinary.

 

For further information, contact Andrea Arrobo, Regional Manager LAC at the World Energy Council.

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