Chile seeks to be a model of sustainable energy

The event will take place on 5 and 6 March and is aimed at putting Chile on the track to becoming a model country when it comes to efficient energy use.

Sustainable energy

The National Energy Commission (CNE), through the Energy Efficient Country Program (PPEE), launched the Expo Energy Efficiency Chile 2010, which will be held in Estación Mapocho next 5 and 6 March.

The meeting, which will be inaugurated on World Energy Efficiency Day, is aimed at positioning efficient energy use, exhibiting new trends, getting to know the latest technology and, above all, raising public awareness on the need to turn Chile into a model country in terms of sustainable energy.

In addition, the summit responds to the effort by the entire country toward the middle of the decade in a process that began in 2005 with the creation of the PPEE. Since then, the Chilean state has committed itself to strengthening the institutional framework in this area with the creation of the Energy Ministry. In the future the Energy Efficiency Agency will be created to replace the PPEE.

Energy Minister Marcelo Tokman highlighted that energy efficiency is “good business” because everybody wins, which is why it is fundamental that it become an important pillar of the Chilean energy matrix.

Specifically, the fair will convene technology companies and services related to energy efficiency, which will be able to show the progress that they have made in good energy use. Likewise, participation by universities and technical institutes is sought in the preparation of professionals involved in the area.

“Companies are aware of the challenge that climate change poses. That is why they have realized that it is not just about seeking formulas to make productive processes cleaner, but also about how to use as little energy as possible. That is why we are working with them and what we are going to do here is to show those initiatives,” the state minister highlighted.

There will be a total of 120 stands, which can be visited for free. According to the organizers, over 10,000 people are expected to attend and they will have the chance to attend the workshops, talks and special programs that are also among the event’s attractions.

For the minister, the fair will be the most transcendental event that Chile has held in recent times on clean and sustainable energy use. “The initiative will publicize the importance of energy efficiency in our country,” Tokman concluded.