BUN-CA presents its Informative Flash No. 10, July 2006.



PEER Project, executed by BUN-CA and implemented by the UNDP with GEF funding


In June 2006 the Regional Program on Electrical Energy Efficiency in Industrial and Commercial Service Sectors in Central America (PEER) carried out two activities as part of its training component.


Training Concluded for Eco-consultants


Within the framework of the agreement between of the regional initiative GESTA, funded by the GTZ; and BUN-CA, two technical/practical workshops were conducted for training eco-consultants, entitled “Energy Efficiency in Small and Medium-sized Industries in El Salvador and Guatemala”.

Participating in the El Salvador workshop were 14 eco-consultants, including business managers and SME consultants, who visited 7 companies and prepared 7 technical reports, identifying opportunities for improving energy efficiency in refrigeration, air conditioning and lighting .                                             


Ms. Carolina Dreikon

UNDP-El Salvador Program Officer



Closing Act, Tuesday, May 23

Participants, San Salvador Workshop


Under this same agreement, a hands-on training course entitled “Energy Efficiency in Small and Medium-sized Industries in Guatemala” – focusing on refrigeration and energy efficiency – was given in Guatemala City on June 7-16, 2006, with the cooperation of the national technical training agency INTECAP (Instituto Técnico de Capacitación). 

Participating were nine persons, including eco-consultants, and 5 SMEs, where the practical part of the workshop was carried out.

The final output of this training consisted of 5 technical reports prepared by the eco-consultants trained in identifying opportunities for improving energy efficiency.

The closing act took place on June 16 with representatives from GESTA El Salvador, BUN-CA staff, participating consultants and the managers of the participating SMEs in attendance.

 The overall objective of these two workshops was to strengthen the technical capacities of environmental service providers for identifying potential improvements in energy efficiency.  The major themes included air conditioning and lighting in El Salvadoran SMEs and refrigeration in Guatemalan SMEs, preparing and calculating measures for improving electrical energy use, and the importance of adequate management of energy efficiency systems.


Technical talk, Mr. Miguel Santizo

Energy Efficiency Training

Visit to a refrigeration laboratory,June 2006


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PEER Induction Workshop


The first meeting of the PEER Steering Committee was held on June 26, 2006 at the Corobicí Hotel in San José, Costa Rica.  The Steering Committee is made up of the following participants:






James Hirsch Keibel

National Director

Costa Rica

Gloria Villa

Director, Sectoral Energy Directorate, Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Carlos Saade

Director, Salvadoran Association of Industries

El Salvador

Benigno Vargas

Vice Rector, Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá


Cesar Barahona

Director, Centro de Producción Más Limpia





Also participating in the event were public entities such as the Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz (CNFL – the national power and light company), Centros de Producción Más Limpia (cleaner production centers) and the Costa Rican Chamber of Industries, as well as UNDP representatives from Nicaragua, El Salvador, Panama and Costa Rica.


The primary accomplishment of this workshop was the shaping of the Regional Steering Committee, which will be responsible for conducting the FSP program’s activities.




Sr. Jaime Echeverría

Oficial de Programa PNUD-CR


Miembros del Comité Directivo de PEER

Primer Taller, Hotel Corobicí, Costa Rica.

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The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership



The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) in the BUN-CA initiative entitled “Regional Project on Standards and Labeling in Central America”, together with the Collaborative Labeling and Appliance Standard Program (CLASP), conducted the First Regional Workshop on Standardization of Electrical Equipment this July 7 at the Corobicí Hotel, in San Jose, with the participation of standardization and energy sector entities.  The purpose was to share knowledge on the subject based on accumulated experience in this subject in the United States and Mexico.


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The Energy Efficiency Project in the Hotel Sector Costa Rica – the Netherlands (PEEST II)


The Energy Efficiency Project in the Hotel Sector Costa Rica – the Netherlands (PEEST) conducted the First Technical Workshop on Energy Efficiency in the Hotel Industry last June 22 in La Fortuna, San Carlos, Costa Rica.

To date two hotels in Puntarenas, five hotels in Guanacaste, and four mountain resort hotels have expressed their commitment to participate in the project activities.

The first energy audit, in which potential opportunities for saving energy will be identified, is being programmed for July and August 2006 for the project’s target hotels in the Guanacaste and La Fortuna area.


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