International Energy Studies Group
Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts Division


Latin America

Latin America

Over the past decade, countries in Latin America have shown increasing interest in developing and implementing energy efficiency programs. Nevertheless, a large portion of energy savings potential remains untapped (see BUENAS analysis of cost effective and technical potential). The lack of technical capacity has been recognized as a major barrier to the implementation of effective energy efficiency policies. To advance policies, LBNL provides country-specific technical support for the development of energy efficiency standards and complementary programs for a wide range of products.

In Latin America, LBNL works with policymakers and local partners to develop high quality inputs to support energy efficiency policy for appliances.

As part of its technical assistance and technical exchange activities, LBNL:

  1. Trains policymakers on the design of energy efficiency policies and programs;
  2. Advises on the development of national and regional energy efficiency policies and programs
  3. Provides methods and analysis to evaluate impacts from energy efficiency policies and programs


LBNL and the Ministry of Energy (MoE) in Chile have had a long history of successful collaboration.

Major contributions include:

  • Review of the National Action Plan elaborated for the National Program for Energy Efficiency (PPEE for its acronym in Spanish)
  • Review of the standards and labeling program
  • Estimate of potential energy savings from Energy Efficiency using the BUENAS model
  • Technical assistance in the formulation of Minimum Energy Performance Standards for a wide range of products, using the Policy Analysis Modeling System — PAMS


Capacity Building

One of the key aspect of LBNL's collaboration with Chile's MoE is to build capacity and transfer knowledge through the use of the PAMS tool. To this end, LBNL hosted several trainings, including a training on Energy Efficient Motors in 2014 and on Air Conditioners in 2016. The training was attended by a Mexican and Chilean delegation composed of policymakers and their local consultants. Experts from LBNL's Energy Efficiency Standards group presented their work in support of the DOE US rulemaking. The training covered key concepts of techno-economic analysis, including data collection and engineering, energy use and impact analyses, and an introduction to financial incentives

SEAD team with representatives from Chile and Mexico at LBNL
Representatives from Chile and Mexico at LBNL

Argentina and Brazil

Energy efficiency collaboration and programs are launching in Argentina and Brazil. Updates coming soon!


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