Electricity May 6, 2019 6:48 PM
The National Association of Public Service and Communications Companies (Andesco) held the Ninth Seminar on Energy Efficiency. The association talked about this issue and presented proposals to improve energy efficiency.
According to Portafolio, Andesco highlighted the need to establish energy efficiency as a public policy. This with the aim of increasing the competitiveness and energy security of the country.
The Mining and Energy Planning Unit (UPME) estimates that energy inefficiency represents a cost of US$6B per year, showing the need to improve in this area as soon as possible.
Camilo Sanchez, President of Andesco, commented that improving energy efficiency will help meet commitments to reduce pollution levels, acquired during COP 21.
“It has been identified that 40% of this goal could be met just with energy efficiency,” said Sanchez.
Andesco highlighted its commitment to promote efficient energy use and improve awareness of smart consumption.
Some of the proposals to improve energy efficiency were: establish an institutional structure, define energy efficiency guidelines for all sectors of the economy, structure schemes and incentives for market consolidation and offer tax incentives for gas and electricity transport, among others.
Benoit Lebot, International Expert, said that all economic sectors have an energy efficiency potential of over 60%.
“Energy efficiency is one of the infinite resources, the more you share, the more you increase; it is a fuel that needs resources,” pointed out Lebot.
In addition, authorities awarded the prize for Energy Efficiency in different categories, with the aim of recognizing the most outstanding projects and practices in this issue.
Sucroal S.A, the National Police, Universidad Autónoma de Occidente, Enel – Emgesa S.A E.S.P and Garper Energy Solutions Colombia S.A.S were the winners in their respective category.
Bottom-Line: Colombia has a lot to improve in energy efficiency and these events are of great help for the different sectors. The government must seek to unite the associations and members of the sector to create a plan and train the different industries on energy efficiency issues.