In Latin America and the Caribbean, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from energy reached their highest levels in 2013. However, from 2014 to 2019, regional emissions decreased at an annual rate of 1.74%, to the growing share of renewables in the electricity generation mix, which rose from 53% in 2013 to 59% in 2019, as reported by the Inter-American Development Bank's Energy … [Read more...] about Latin America and the Caribbean can mitigate climate change by tapping into its energy efficiency potential
How open to private-sector involvement is the electric power industry in Latin America and the Caribbean?
The IDB has estimated that in less than 10 years (by 2030), Latin America and the Caribbean needs more than $577 billion to close the electric power gap. Of that total, the region will need around $397 billion to build new generation, transmission, and distribution infrastructure, and more than $180 billion to replace and maintain existing assets. Private investment, … [Read more...] about How open to private-sector involvement is the electric power industry in Latin America and the Caribbean?
Consolidating a Sustainable Energy Sector in Suriname
Suriname is advancing toward a more sustainable energy sector, aiming to provide affordable, secure, and clean electricity to its citizens. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has been a key partner, providing technical and financial support to implement some of the country’s most relevant and iconic projects. On February 8th, 2020, the IDB and the Ministry of Finance … [Read more...] about Consolidating a Sustainable Energy Sector in Suriname
Six reasons why supporting natural gas can put public finances at risk
At the climate summit in Glasgow, UN Secretary-General António Guterres had a blunt message: “The six years since the Paris Climate Agreement have been the six hottest years on record. Our addiction to fossil fuels is pushing humanity to the brink”. To stand a chance of limiting global warming to 1.5°C, the goal that international leaders have set to keep the climate crisis … [Read more...] about Six reasons why supporting natural gas can put public finances at risk
It’s time for solar to get its feet wet
Solar floating photovoltaic (FPV) energy is gaining relevance around the globe. Recently, plants with a capacity of tens and even hundreds of megawatts have been installed in China, and more are planned in India and Southeast Asia. In 2018, the cumulative installed capacity of floating solar panels was 1,000 MW, from which more than 500 MW were installed in the same year. At … [Read more...] about It’s time for solar to get its feet wet