National conversation on energy transition

Regulation & Policy, Renewables    Jan 22, 2020 12:22 PM

The ‘National Conversation’ began with the participation of more than 120 representatives of environmental organizations, academics and communities, among others, to discuss Colombia’s energy transition process.

The ‘National Conversation’; a measure taken by the government after the ongoing protests in Colombia’s main cities, started by gathering authorities and experts, to talk about the country’s progress and challenges in the face of energy transition and climate change mitigation.

Vice President Marta Lucía Ramírez said the government wants to listen to all sectors to analyze all the proposals.

“I want to reiterate that this government is working, every day, to reconcile the present with the future,” Ramírez highlighted.

The expert recalled that the government summoned experts on different issues related to national development, since Colombia’s biodiversity is a “supreme value that we must recognize as such.”

Meanwhile, the Minister of Mines and Energy (MinEnergia), María Fernanda Suárez, said that renewables, energy efficiency and more electrification of the economy will be key to reducing 90% of CO2 emissions by 2050.

“The Government has accelerated the incorporation of unconventional renewable energies, from a participation of less than 1% in the matrix in 2018, to 12% by 2022,” Suarez said in a statement.

The Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development (MinAmbiente), Ricardo Lozano, commented that all Colombians should work to understand what Colombia’s sustainability means.

For the Director of the Presidency’s Administrative Department, Diego Molano, the government is doing the right thing by listening to all points of view.

“The National Conversation will help join all voices and ideas, into one path that will lead us to the energy transition process,” he said.

Bottom-Line: The government must guarantee an energy transition in a reliable, orderly and safe way, without rushing to show results, as this could affect the energy sector and supply, and keep social protests going.

Authorities also need to be careful about the social quality of the licenses it will grant to companies that decided to bet on Colombia’s potential; firms deserve to develop sustainable projects, avoiding social issues in the near future.

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