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XVI Regional Forum: Cogeneration and Other Renewable Energies in Central America

Renewable energies represent a clear contribution to the mitigation of world climate change because they substitute the consumption of fossil fuels, decrease the use of natural resources and reduce residues of other industrial processes in an environmentally friendly manner.

Also, these types of energies represent a strategic importance in developing countries in generating jobs, reducing imports of petroleum, and it is well known that they can contribute to reduce poverty in remote and rural communities by providing energy services.

To promote the benefits of renewable energies, the General Secretariat of the Central American Integration System (SG-SICA) and the Central American Commission for Environment and Development (CCAD), through the Energy and Environment Partnership with Central America (EEP), jointly with the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment of Belize, are organizing the XVI EEP Regional Forum: “Cogeneration and Other Renewable Energies in Central America”, to be held at the Radisson Fort George Hotel in Belize City, on November 9th to 11th, 2010.

The objective of the event is to disseminate information on cogeneration technology, including energy efficiency, as an environmentally friendly method of producing electricity, steam and/or hot water at the same time in one process, using fuels such as wood or wood waste, sugar cane bagasse, biomass, residues and others.

Also, other renewable energies will be promoted during the Regional Forum, such as hydroelectricity, wind energy, solar systems and bio-energy, which have demonstrated the numerous advantages and benefits of its use in Central American countries.

This event will include the participation of representatives of the civil service working in the renewable energy sector from Central America, Finland and Austria.

Also, the private sector will present successful cases from the Central American countries and their achievements in renewable energy projects, while financial institutions of the region will present the opportunities that are being offered to these types of projects.

The forum will be inaugurated by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment of Belize, Hon. Gaspar Vega; the Secretary General of SICA, Dr. Juan Daniel Aleman; the Ambassador of Finland, Dr. Mikko Pyhälä; the Ambassador of Austria, Dr. Alfred Längle; the Representative of the European Union, Dr. Sandra Mejía; and the Chairman of the EEP Steering Committee and Director General of the Ministry of Environment of Finland, Dr. Markku Nurmi.
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More information about the forum can be obtained by emailing info.aea@sica.int or by contacting the following:

The Chief Environmental Officer,
Department of the Environment
10/12 Ambergris Avenue; Belmopan, Belize
Tel: 501-822-2816 or 501-822-2542; Fax: 501-822-2862;
Email: envirodept@btl.net ; Website: www.doe.gov.bz



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