This Technology Transfer Advances Uruguay's
- Nationally Determined Contribution to reduce emission intensity per unit of GDP by 25% with domestic resources and by 40% with additional means of implementation by 2030.
Uruguay has already embarked on a path towards a diversified electricity/energy matrix with a strong domestic renewable energy component. It is necessary to build local capacities in relation to new non-conventional renewable energies (NCREs) and electricity storage technologies, taking into account future scenarios in which it is not only possible to store surplus in the region but local demand has also developed in sectors prone to consuming more electricity.
Develop a framework for longer-term planning in relation to the measures that Uruguay should pursue for wave, geothermal and concentrated solar energy:
• Developing a national roadmap for geothermal energy, for thermal heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) in the residential, industrial and commercial sectors;
• Developing a national roadmap for the development of energy storage technologies;
• Developing a gender-sensitive technical and economic pre-feasibility study for the implementation of a pre-commercial-scale residential HVAC pilot project;
• Developing a national roadmap for wave energy;
• Developing a national roadmap for concentrated solar power
This technical assistance will set out a pathway for the development of NCREs with the primary objective of mitigating domestic GHG emissions, but that will also have other economic, environmental, social and cultural co-benefits with an emphasis on gender equality. These co-benefits: increased energy sovereignty as a result of reduced dependence on oil; reduced costs in a context of increasing fossil fuel prices; smoothing out fluctuations in electricity generation by using other complementary renewable energies; a reduction in the pollutants associated with thermal power stations and vehicles (which would be substituted for electric transport, also reducing urban noise); potential job creation by the national energy industry, sensitive to gender issues; and the promotion of a culture of sustainable development among the population.