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Sustainable Energy Workshop

From April 10-11, 2012 the Workshop on Sustainable Energy: "Opportunities for Technological Transfer and Investment in Sustainable Energy in Latin America and the Caribbean” took place in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

This workshop was organized by the Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC) for the International Council for Science (ICSU) in collaboration with the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Mexican Physical Society (SMF), the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), the Interamerican Network of Academies of Sciences (IANAS), the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the Electric Power Saving Trust Fund of Mexico (FIDE), the Caribbean Academy of Sciences (CAS), the Mexican Academy of Sciences (AMC) and the National Council on Science and Technology of Mexico (CONACyT).

The main objectives of this workshop were :

  • Bring together scientists  from different sustainable energy areas and the industrial sector of LAC, with the purpose of converting the results of scientific research in LAC into industrial and commercialized processes in LAC.
  • Discuss sustainable energy issues for universal energy access and to mitigate global climate change.


The topics of the workshop included:

  • Energy and Climate change
  • Solar thermal energy
  • Sustainable buildings
  • Energy efficiency
  • Hydrogen and fuel cells
  • Innovation in energy technologies

The workshop was attended by experts from 7 countries in the LAC region, representing science, industry and institutions at the interface between science and policy. During the two days of the event, 11 lectures were given and two roundtable discussions took place. At the end of the second day, the recommendations of the workshop and potential follow-up activities were presented and discussed by the participants.

The full workshop report will be available soon.

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