BUN-CA is pleased to present you with Flash News No. 11, August 2006.




Regional Energy Efficiency Project in Central American Industrial and Commercial Sectors (PEER)



Last July 19, the GESTA Project closing event took place at the Sheraton Presidente Hotel in San Salvador.


The GESTA Project was carried out with technical and financial support from  the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), while the Central American Environment and Development Commission (CCAD) was the implementing agency, together with El Salvador’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.


GESTA and PEER through GTZ/BUN-CA  joined efforts and conducted training Workshops for eco-consultants in El Salvador and Guatemala in order to strengthen their technical capacities in Energy Efficiency, Refrigeration, and Lighting.  Workshops included a tour of 12 small businesses, and a series of electric energy conservation opportunities were identified.  


Guests in this official event included El Salvador’s environmental authorities, CCAD representatives, German Embassy officials, academic sector and Salvadoran government representatives, ECO-Consultants, and similar entities.




GESTA Project closing event, July 19, 2006, El Salvador.


Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP)


In an initiative with BUN-CA, known as “Regional Standardization and Labeling Project in Central America,” together with the Collaborative Labeling and Appliance Standard Program (CLASP).


PEER, with REEEP cofinancing, continues with training on the issue of standardization for efficient electrical equipment.  On July 25-28, 2006, they carried out the First Central America-Mexico Standardization Technical Exchange in Mexico City and Querétaro.


This training included visits to MABE Technology and Project Center, the laboratories of the National Certification Association (ANCE), the headquarters of the Energy Savings Trust (FIDE), the National Energy Savings Commission (CONAE), and the lamp factory.


This first encounter was attended by energy authority representatives from Energy Departments of El Salvador, Honduras, and Panamá. The event also had technical assistance from Michael McNeil, a CLASP expert on the subject of standardization.


Technical visit to OSRAM facilities

Technical visit to the Energy Savings Trust (FIDE)

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Costa Rica and Netherlands Energy Efficiency Project in the Tourist Hotel Sector (PEEST)



On August 25, the PEEST Project Result Presentation Workshop will take place attended by hotels that were involved in the Project, in addition to Dutch partner organizations, BECO and EC, FUNDECOOPERACION, government institutions, electric utilities, the Costa Rican Tourism Institution, the Costa Rican Chamber of Hotels, and other local organizations that supported or participated in this Project.


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  Costa Rica and Netherlands Energy Efficiency Project in the Tourist Hotel Sector (PEEST II)  

The first (Level 1) energy diagnoses have been conducted in beach hotels, Las Brisas and Alamar in Puntarenas.  In the mountain area of La Fortuna, visits have been made to hotels Volcano Lodge, Arenal Springs, and Kioro, in order to identify energy conservation opportunities for them to realize savings in their electric consumption bill.

 Screening of hotels for a forthcoming Level II Audit will continue in the next few days.


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Representatives of CCAD’s Executive Secretariat attended −on July 7 in Costa Rica− the International Standardization and Labeling  Workshop of the Regional Energy Efficiency Program (PEER).



The National University (UNA) is organizing a seminar on “Solar Energy Productive and Sustainable Applications” for the week of September 19-22, 2006.  Seminar details, tentative agenda, registration fee, registration form, etc. can be seen on the webpage:  www.una.ac.cr/fisica/energiasolar.htm 



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