The depletion of fossil fuels along with the increasing demand of all economic sectors and the effects that energy consumption has on the environment are the main causes for energy efficiency to play a key role regarding competitiveness, sustainable development, climate change mitigation, and energy security. However, in Ecuador there are barriers that still need to be addressed such as high initial investments, lack of engagement of stakeholders, scarce or inexistent information, limited access to efficient technologies and lack of mechanisms for quantification and measurement of the benefits that energy efficiency has.
In this sense, the Ecuadorian Government has set as a priority the inclusion of energy efficiency as a public policy. As a result, the National Plan for Energy Efficiency has been developed with the aim of supporting public policy and implementing programs and projects that will foster the efficient use and supply of energy. In the webinar the effects of this plan on the longer will be analyzed.
The National Institute for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energies (INER) is a public research institute, responsible for the generation of scientific and technological knowledge and the development of local capacity in the energy efficiency and renewable energy fields. INER is also committed to contribute to decision making in the diversification of the energy mix, change of the productive matrix and climate change mitigation.
Sebastian Espinoza is Director of Information Dissemination and Information Management at INER. He has a Bs. In Chemical Engineering, Ms in Industrial Engineering and is a PhD Candidate at the University of Valladolid. His research experience has been focused on Biomass, Energy Planning, Development of Energy Efficiency Indicators, National Energy Balances, Life Cycle Assessment, and Energy Models.