Under the theme “Renewable Energy of the Americas: Integration and Innovation”, government leaders, private sector representatives, energy and sustainable development experts, as well as other key stakeholders from Latin America and the Caribbean, are convened at the 6th Ministerial Meeting of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas, to discuss, exchange ideas and establish concrete commitments to drive the transition to clean, sustainable and renewable energy in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The high-level event, organized by the Ministry of Energy and Mines, will be held on March 14 and 15 in Punta Cana, and aims to promote regional commitment to accelerate the transition to clean energy, foster dialogue between the public and private sectors to identify opportunities and challenges in energy transition and sustainable development, promote private investment in the sector, and strengthen regional cooperation mechanisms to support energy transition efforts.
The Minister of Energy and Mines, Antonio Almonte, explained that in this ministerial conclave the countries will be able to engage in dialogues about the challenges and opportunities presented by the current phase of the energy transition in the region, which will contribute to the acceleration of the energy transition towards the common goal of net zero carbon emissions.
“This event is a unique opportunity to strengthen dialogue and cooperation among the countries of our region to achieve a just and inclusive energy transition, in order to reach zero net emissions by 2050,” he said.
The meeting will also discuss the promotion of access to clean, safe and affordable energy, prioritizing sustainable energy development in rural areas, vulnerable areas and historically neglected communities.
The Dominican Republic has been part of the Steering Committee that guides ECPA’s actions since 2015, along with other countries leading pillars or strategic thematic areas related to energy.
What is ECPA?
ECPA is an initiative of the Organization of American States (OAS), launched at the 2009 Summit of the Americas, with the objective of promoting sustainable energy development in the region through cooperation, policy dialogue, technical exchange and outreach.
ECPA’s pillars: promotion of cleaner energy sources, universal access to energy, development of energy efficiency systems, promotion of regional integration, commitment to the development of resilient energy infrastructure, the fight against energy poverty and capacity building, research and implementation of innovative technologies, as well as nature-based solutions that contribute to mitigating climate change.
The ECPA steering committee is currently composed of 10 countries and is chaired by the Dominican Republic, which will host the 2024 ministerial meeting.