Americas Energy and Climate Symposium
Lima, Peru, June 15-16, 2009
The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States, through its Department of Sustainable Development, is
collaborating with the Institute of the Americas (IOA), the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE), the Caribbean
Central America Action (CCAA), the Ministry of Energy & Mines of Peru, the Department of Foreign Affairs and international
Trade of Canada (DFAIT) and the Departments of Energy (DOE) and State (DOS) of the United States in the organization of the
Americas Energy and Climate Symposium, to be hosted on June 15-16, 2009 at the Sheraton Hotel & Convention Center in Lima,
The Americas Energy and Climate Symposium is taking place in response to the mandates of the Fifth Summit of the Americas hosted in Trinidad and Tobago on April 17-19. At the Summit, hemispheric leaders agreed to advance collaboration to guarantee energy security, promote alternative energy sources, and to act in unison to confront the effects of global climate change. In this regard, the Symposium’s main objective is to identify concrete collaborative actions to address the principal energy and climate change challenges in the Americas.
Opening Remarks & Host Country Welcome
Explore the possible areas for cooperation to develop improved energy efficiency standards for the building and transportation sectors as well as harmonized energy labeling and appliance standards. What opportunities exist to reduce demand for energy throughout the Americas while continuing to fuel economic and social development?
The Western Hemisphere has abundant renewable energy resources that offer the potential for diversification of energy matrices while supporting environmental sustainability and dealing with climate change. What collaborative tools may be deployed to help the Americas further develop this potential?
As the world prepares for climate change negotiations in Copenhagen, the region faces numerous challenges and opportunities associated with the energy sector. Are there common approaches that may be highlighted through a collaborative framework to enhance the efficacy of climate mitigation alternatives?
Reflecting on the presentations and insights from regional representatives, the private sector will provide feedback on partnership initiatives related to energy efficiency, renewables, and reducing the region’s carbon footprint.
The Americas count tremendous opportunities and growing challenges associated with conventional fossil fuels. How can innovative partnerships and technology maximize the efficiency of fossil fuel use while mitigating the environmental impacts, reducing conventional pollution as well as the carbon footprint associated with their use? How can the region unleash its huge hydrocarbon potential in a manner commensurate with today’s climate backdrop?
Strengthening the energy infrastructure of the Western Hemisphere – particularly power lines and pipelines – may substantially increase the security and reliability of the sector across the region. How can countries of the region best foster modernized and more resilient critical energy infrastructure and what new initiatives may be undertaken to strengthen the region’s interconnections?
Improving energy services to the region’s poorest citizens continues to be a pressing challenge; fuel wood dependency of many of the region’s poor for energy is both inefficient and a health risk. Expanding energy access may be achieved through a combination of conventional and alternative energy solutions. What are the best practices to achieving the region’s energy access goals and how can partnerships be designed to maximize their impact?
Reflecting on the presentations and insights from regional representatives, the private sector will provide feedback on partnership initiatives related to hydrocarbons, investing in and enhancing the energy infrastructure, and alleviating poverty.