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Evaluation of Climate Change Commitments of Latin American and Caribbean Countries

Evaluation of Climate Change Commitments of Latin American and Caribbean Countries

State 

completed

Date 

1 March, 2017 to 31 December, 2017

Region 

Caribbean

Latin America

Summary

Latin American and Caribbean countries face the challenge of meeting the international commitments made on universal access to energy and mitigation of climate change under the framework of the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. The eventual success in meeting the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) depends on a higher use of renewable energy sources and the increase of the energy efficiency ratios.

The existing targets for energy sector development in the countries of the region will have to be adjusted in order to fulfil the new NDC goals. Modelling of future energy scenarios can help to assess to which extent existing energy plans will have to be adjusted.

OLADE (Organización Latinoamericana de Energía) has the mandate to contribute to the rational use of energy resources in all member states of the region. In this context, it has requested support from the EUEI PDF to assess up to which extent planned and existing energy policies and strategies in the region are sufficient to meet national NDCs. Based on this assessment, member states in the region will be in a better position to bring their actual energy sector strategies in line with the commitments made in the NDCs, thereby ensuring that they will be able to meet their national climate targets. In addition to this, the project will also contribute to SDG 7 on energy by elaborating proposals on higher integration of renewable energy in the energy grid and improvements in energy efficiency. Indirectly, it will support SDG 13 on climate change by elaborating recommendations on increased use of renewable and energy efficiency technologies.

The study aims to go a step beyond recent studies carried out by other institutions. These studies have only highlighted the general opportunities and challenges for the deployment of climate-resilient and low-carbon energy technologies in Latin America and the Caribbean. However, they have not quantified the extent to which these technologies can contribute to meet the international commitments made against climate change, or provide concrete recommendations for improving strategies for the deployment of such technologies.

Finally, the study will also support OLADE’s objective to become a more relevant player in the clean energy sector in the region and a facilitator of exchanging knowledge and experiences between countries, which are requests made by several of OLADE’s member countries.

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Topics

  • Energy Access
  • Renewable Energy

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