Despite being separated by the largest ocean in the world, Chile and New Zealand have a fair amount in common. To begin with, both countries have a narrow mountainous geography with green forests and long coastlines facing the Pacific. From now on they will also share the same energy stance, as the two governments have signed an Energy Cooperation Agreement aimed at fostering renewable sources.
New Zealand Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee and his Chilean counterpart Ricardo Raineri signed the agreement while the latter was on an official visit to the island. The agreement completed an agenda in which Chile and New Zealand agreed to work to strengthen energy ties.
The pact seeks to foster the implementation of energy generation plants that consider the environmental impact, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and minimize the consequences of climate change. How is this supposed to happen? Mainly through relations between research centers, government agencies, strategic companies and universities from both countries.
After meeting with his counterpart from New Zealand, Minister Raineri went to the town of Taupo, some 400 km from the city of Wellington, to get to know the Mighty River Power’s Nga Awaua geothermal plant, where he stressed the effectiveness of this type of clean energy and its limited environmental impact.