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:
LBNL and the Ministry of Energy (MoE) in Chile have had a long history of successful collaboration.
Major contributions include:
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
Representatives from Chile and Mexico at LBNL
Energy efficiency collaboration and programs are launching in Argentina and Brazil. Updates coming soon!