Latin America is a key partner of the EU for reaching its energy and climate policy targets. Six of the countries with the greatest biodiversity on earth are located in Latin America which holds half of the world’s tropical forests and has the highest average water availability worldwide. In 2050 Latin America will be the biggest agricultural producer of the world.
Even though Latin America has vast energy resources, the continent’s high economic dynamics lead to growing energy demands which require a further development of renewables. Therefore Latin American countries are currently redefining their energy mix in order to achieve sustainable development schemes that allow economic development while protecting the environment. The cooperation among countries of Latin America, the USA and Canada to link power grids and fuel supply lines as well as the harmonization of policies and regulations are therefore essential. Cooperation with the European Union in research and specific bilateral development programs is relevant and on the way.
Environmental experts from Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil and Argentina will analyze energy policies of their countries and regions, focusing on energetic sovereignty, the role of the private enterprise and smart regulation within the sector.