Energy Transitions in Latin America and the Caribbean Diploma Course - Regional Programme Energy Security and Climate Change in Latin America
During the 3 days we were able to learn about academic, public and private projects focused on energy transition and sustainable development of institutions. On the first day we got to know the TEC Monterrey campus in Mexico City designed and built (rebuilt) under efficiency and sustainable architecture standards after the earthquake that hit Mexico in 2017, and we were able to listen to the talk of Pablo Necoechea, sustainability manager of TEC Monterrey, who told us about the initiative "La Ruta Azul", which through the axes of action: mitigation, adaptation, education, research and linkage, all orbiting around Culture, seeks to steer the actions of TEC as a leading institution of sustainability in the region. That same day, we also heard and discussed the 10 projects that each group of participants presented as final work of the Diploma. Soon we will have news of the dissemination of these very interesting proposals.
On day 2 we were able to make 2 visits in Mexico City. The first one to the Central de Abastos, a huge wholesale market that, taking advantage of its extension, has implemented photovoltaic panels on the roofs of the pavilions that supply 20% of the energy of the Central and also serve to supply energy to the fleet of electric buses of the public transport system. A logistical achievement in terms of installation and maintenance. Afterwards, we went to the Mexican Stock Exchange, where, in addition to visiting its facilities and the on-site museum, we listened to a talk on the "MexiCO2" project, an initiative that seeks to promote, train, manage and coordinate carbon bond projects in the region. We concluded that carbon credits, the carbon tax, are interesting tools that can contribute, from their scope of action, to the decarbonization of the region's economies, but political will is urgently needed.
Finally, on the third day with the dawn lights we left for Puebla where we were cordially received by the Energy Agency of Puebla and they explained their projects and how they are heading the energy management in the state. With the paradigm of seeking "energy welfare" the agency has designed its management plans from various fronts ranging from educational projects such as "Solar Schools", the promotion of innovation and investment with fairs, business incubators and even "Electrohack" style scholarships. They also offer "green" incentives to entrepreneurs who wish to join the mitigation and energy efficiency plans and explore with determination the development of green hydrogen in the state. To close the activities, we visited the "Supercool" Innovation Hub, a trade fair-like establishment that seeks to bring together and promote energy solutions focused on electromobility. Great initiative that could scale and serve as an example to other countries.
In summary, they were 3 intense days of much amazement, learning, fellowship and communication that, we are sure, will contribute to the professional and human growth of the 30 graduates (from 12 Latin American countries) of the Diploma that for the third consecutive year we conducted with the EAN University.
Video summary of the Diploma 2023https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qFmI4QUbjQ