4ª Industrial Fair of the Salvadoran Industrialist Association (ASI)

Last November 21st, BUN-CA participated in the 4th National Industrial Fair presenting a paper on “Energy Efficiency: Experiences and Successful Projects”. Additionally, it presented a joint paper with the National Science and Technology Council (CONACYT) on the issue of “Standardization: Fundamental Tool for Developing Energy Efficiency.

This participation was meant to continue supporting the Salvadoran Industrialist Association (ASI) as a fundamental partner in developing energy efficiency markets in El Salvador.

 

Forum on Sustainable Energy for Central and North America (OAS/SICA)

José María Blanco, BUN-CA Regional Director and PEER Regional Coordinator, participated in the Round Table on “Setting Policies to Advance Sustainable Energy Market Development”, which is part of the Forum on Sustainable Energy for Central and North America.

The event was organized by the Organization of American States (OAS) together with the General Secretariat of the Central American Integration System (SICA) and took place in San Salvador, El Salvador, on December 11th, 2008 at the Real Intercontinental San Salvador Hotel.(Further information)

Subregional Forum of the Central America, Mexico, and Dominican Republic Civil Society

Kathya Fajardo, BUN-CA Technical Officer and PEER Director of Operations, participated in the Subregional Forum of the Central America, Mexico, and Dominican Republic Civil Society in preparing for the V Summit of the Americas: “Insuring the Future of Our Citizens by Promoting Human Prosperity, Energy Security, and Environmental Sustainability.

The event, which was organized by the Organization of American States Department of International Affairs, took place at the Hilton Princess Hotel in San Salvador, El Salvador, on December 07-09, 2008.


BUN-CA/HIVOS

With financial support from the international agency HIVOS, BUN-CA started activities for the “Regional Energy Efficiency Project in the Tourism Sector (El Salvador – Nicaragua - Costa Rica)” in order to “trigger the energy efficiency market in El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica hotel sector by transferring knowledge on rational use of electricity, quantifying savings in KWh, and strengthening stakeholder capacity with a gender focus.”

Implementation of Energy Monitoring and Energy Audits in Nicaragua

In line with the Regional Project’s Work Plan implementation, the process of monitoring small hotels included in the BUN-CA Project portfolio has been started, and the first energy audits in the Hotel Sector are being performed. The purpose of these Energy Audits is to identify energy conservation opportunities that will allow them to get power consumption savings on their electric bill and reduce small greenhouse gases emissions.

To this end, the Project technical staff has developed on a work assignment in the departments of Managua, León, Estelí, and Granada, in the week of December 08-12, 2008.
 

Nicaragua

Rural Community Development Fair 2008

On November 28th, BUN-CA participated with a stand and exposition on Energy Efficiency in the Rural Community Development Fair, organized by Nicaragua’s UNDP/GEF Small Grants Program.

The fair had the purpose of disseminating experiences, lessons learned, results, and tools developed by projects, in order to create synergies among organizations working on issues related to local management of natural resources, including on-going experiences on climate change mitigation.

Leadership for Women in the Central American Energy Sector

Last December 01 and 02, BUN-CA participated in the seminar “Leadership for Women in the Central American Energy Sector”, organized by INCAE Business School in the framework  of  the “Women and Energy” Project that is being developed by the Center for Women’s Leadership and the Program on Coherence for a Sustainable Energy Policy, of INCAE.

Research alternatives were sought at the Seminar with the purpose of gathering information on the existing link between gender, leadership, and professional success in Central American energy sector organizations.