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Energy efficiency in LAC for climate change adaptation and mitigation under the Paris Agreement
Thursday, 4. November 2021, 17:30 - 18:45
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Day, time:

4 November from 17:30 to 18:45 (Glasgow local time)

Organisers and contacts

Enrique García


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Objective of the event

Generate an exchange among experts from the LAC region on how to approach energy efficiency policies, plans, programmes and projects for climate change adaptation and mitigation, with significant social, economic, and environmental impacts.


Without a successful energy transition we will not be able to achieve the Paris Agreement targets by 2050, which imply effective emissions reductions, among other measures. How to achieve the energy transition in countries to meet the goals of this Agreement is a major challenge.

Among the targets of SDG 7 "Affordable and clean energy" for 2030, two relate to energy efficiency, doubling the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency and increasing International Cooperation to facilitate access to energy efficiency research and technologies.

Being energy efficient means using less energy and economic resources to obtain the same or a higher level of services; it helps inclusion and economic development by allowing production costs to decrease and products and services to become more competitive, opening markets and generating more jobs, and contributing to the reduction of emissions.

Brief description

The event aims to present results on the following aspects, based on the experiences of EC+ funded projects in the field:

  • Analysis of Useful Energy Balances (BEU) for the Industry, Residential, Transport and/or Commercial sectors, based on experiences in Paraguay, Panama, and Ecuador.

Supporting countries in the identification, implementation and evaluation of the different instruments, mechanisms and tools for the promotion and dissemination of energy efficiency is fundamental. The BEU is one of the indispensable instruments for the formulation, implementation, measurement, verification and monitoring of energy efficiency policies and programmes, in order to contribute to the fulfilment of national commitments in terms of climate change mitigation and to create a culture of efficient energy consumption.

Most Latin American and Caribbean countries prepare their National Energy Balances in terms of final energy (BENs), where the consumption of different energy sources is presented at the level of socio-economic sectors. However, few countries have the methodology or resources to draw up a detailed energy balance, including consumption by subsectors, end uses and technological efficiencies, to determine useful energy consumption; this corresponds to the Useful Energy Balance (BEU). Despite this deficiency, all countries promote policies for the rational and efficient use of energy, in order to preserve their natural and economic resources and protect the environment, also contributing to global Climate Change mitigation initiatives. The effectiveness of such policies depends on detailed knowledge of the characteristics of the consumption sectors, identifying the potential for energy savings in the different end uses, either through technological changes, substitution of sources or changes in consumption habits, which can only be achieved through the preparation of the BEU.

This block of the panel will be led by the Latin American Energy Organisation (OLADE), which has identified this situation and has worked on this need, on the one hand, by establishing cooperation programmes with international organisations to improve the institutional structure, management, collection, processing, validation, publication, and automation of information in its 27 Member Countries. On the other hand, the main objective of OLADE's methodology for the preparation of Useful Energy Balance Sheets is to become a reference guide that is made available to the energy sector for obtaining the BEU.

OLADE, in the framework of the EC+ funded project in the energy efficiency sector, is implementing this approach in three countries, Panama, Paraguay and Ecuador, with the aim of replicating it in the rest of the member countries.

  • Energy efficiency monitoring: Basis for energy efficiency indicators and public policies in LAC. 

The event will address the importance of monitoring energy efficiency to achieve the SDG 7 targets. With the participation of ECLAC, ADEME and representatives of some countries, it will be an opportunity to socialise for the first time the results of the regional analysis of the implementation of energy efficiency policies in LAC, in the framework of the BIEE-ROSE project (Energy Efficiency Indicators Database and Regional Sustainable Energy Observatory). This project aims to implement in each LAC country a comprehensive and detailed national energy efficiency monitoring system and SDG7 (energy access, renewables, and energy efficiency).  A case study of the BIEE project in Mexico will present the experience, practices, and results of this successful reference in the region.






Alfonso Blanco Bonilla

Executive Secretary 

Latin American Energy Organisation (OLADE)


Medardo Cadena

Director of Studies, Projects, and Information

Latin American Energy Organisation (OLADE)


(to be determined)


Participant from Uruguay or Paraguay


Ruben Contreras Lisperguer 

Economic Affairs Officer, Natural Resources Division



Juan Ignacio Navarrete Barbosa

Director of Policies and Programmes



Maria Pía Zanetti

Advisor to the Demand, Access, and Energy Efficiency Area



Didier Bosseboeuf

Scientific Advisor to the Research and Forecasting Directorate



Laura Sudries

Director of energy efficiency projects



Agenda of the event



Speaker / panellist / facilitator / other


Opening words

Juan Enrique García, AECID Programme Manager + Pauline Larat, deputy head of AFD's Energy Unit


Video projection about EE in EUROCLIMA+



Moderation Introduction

Facilitator, Ruben Contreras Lisperguer ECLAC


Lecture: Energy Efficiency Perspectives in the LAC Region

Alfonso Blanco Bonilla. Executive Secretary OLADE


Introduction to the speakers

Facilitator Ruben Contreras Lisperguer ECLAC


Presentation: Analysis of Useful Energy Balances (BEU) for the Industry, Residential, Transport and/or Commercial sectors, based on the experiences in Paraguay, Panama and Ecuador. 

Medardo Cadena. Director of Studies, Projects, and Information, OLADE


Presentation: Energy Efficiency Monitoring: Basis for Energy Efficiency Indicators and Public Policies in LAC


Didier Bosseboeuf, Scientific Advisor of the Research and Forecasting Directorate

Laura Sudries, Director of energy efficiency projects


Space for questions and discussion

Facilitator Ruben Contreras Lisperguer ECLAC


Alfonso Blanco Bonilla

Medardo Cadena

Juan Ignacio Navarrete

Maria Pía Zanetti

Didier Bosseboeuf

Laura Sudries


Conclusions and closing

Facilitator Ruben Contreras Lisperguer CEPAL

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Alfonso Blanco Bonilla

Medardo Cadena. Director de Estudios, Proyectos e Información, OLADE

Didier Bosseboeuf, Asesor científico de la Dirección de Investigación y Previsión. Laura Sudries, Directora de proyectos de eficiencia energética. Laura Sudries, Directora de proyectos de eficiencia energética


Team in charge of communication and attention to the press

Guiby Vargas, AECID Costa Rica Communication Team This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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