The household sector is a key stakeholder in energy markets, mainly its regulation and policies. Since 1971, electricity and gas demand from Latin American and Caribbean households has more than tripled, outpacing high energy-intensive sectors such as transportation and manufacturing, and reshaping aggregate energy demand. Balancing affordability, quality, and sustainability … [Read more...] about How Do Households Consume Energy in Latin America and the Caribbean?
The fight against climate change is one of the greatest global challenges of the 21st century, and as paradoxical as it may be, the mining industry, including lithium, will be responsible for providing much of the material needed to make this change possible. Today's environmental challenges require, among other things, a profound transformation of the global energy … [Read more...] about The time is now, tomorrow will be too late! Lithium, Li-ion batteries and the energy transition
The global landscape of the extractive sector is changing rapidly. Digital disruption and automation are reshaping opportunities for those who work in the sector. Global efforts are underway to decarbonize our societies but with the added challenge of an increasing demand for the minerals needed for this transition. At the same time, the economic repercussions of the COVID-19) … [Read more...] about Achieving gender equality in the extractive industries
There is an urgent need in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to cut down black carbon emissions. In 2012, one fifth of the 4.3 million deaths in the world related to the use of solid fuels for cooking or heating, either caused by health issues or accidents, were in LAC. Estimates show that if no action is taken to improve air quality, annual premature mortality from PM2.5- … [Read more...] about The Urgent Need to ‘Clear up the Smoke’ through Clean Cooking Programs
This year’s Nobel Prize winners in economics were two economists from Stanford University. Robert Wilson and Paul Milgrom improved upon the auction theory and developed new modalities of auctions, thereby opening novel options to improve market efficiency and appropriate resource allocation. Robert Wilson was the first to create a framework for analyzing auctions in order … [Read more...] about Auctions: From the 2020 Nobel Prize for Economics to the Success of Renewables’ Investment