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

Central American Universities Join Forces in Developing Efficient Markets

Meeting Gathered Educational Centers from Panama, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Honduras

BUN-CA carried out an academic refresher encounter in Panama city meant to strengthen the curricula of seven universities, as part of the Energy Efficiency Project in Central American Industrial and Commercial Sectors (PEER), financed by the Global Environment Fund (GEF) and implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

 

 
 

Meeting Gathered Educational Centers, Panama City, Panama, February 2007

The event involved Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá (UTP), Universidad de Ingeniería of Nicaragua (UNI), Universidad Centroamericana of El Salvador (UCA), Instituto Tecnológico of Costa Rica (ITCR), Universidad de San Carlos of Guatemala (USAC), Universidad del Valle of Guatemala (UVG), and Universidad Nacional de Honduras (UNAH).

The encounter, entitled “Train the Trainers in Energy Efficiency,” aimed at having these higher education centers include subjects related to efficient energy use and other technical issues, such as technical standardization and the importance of energy diagnoses, in their curricula in the short term.


 

Opportunities to Encourage Savings Are Sought

Alliance with Salvadoran Association Is Developed

 

Next May a training program will be developed for engineering firms, consultants and engineers in member companies of the Salvadoran Industrialist Association (ASI).

 

The event will deal with energy diagnoses and efficient lighting, offering participants work tools on issues concerning energy efficiency and efficient lighting, in order to find technical/practical savings opportunities in both industry and commerce.

 

In the near future PEER will replicate this experience in Costa Rica, Panama, and Nicaragua.

 

 

Labeling Standard

The National Science and Technology Council (CONACYT), together with the Regional Energy Efficiency Program for Industry and Commerce (PEER/PNUD/GEF), will develop a series of activities in 2007 to encourage implementation of NSO 29.39.01:04 energy efficiency standard for two-base fluorescent lamps.

Events provide training to the Energy Efficiency Standardization Technical Committee in El Salvador, including the development of Conformity Evaluation Procedures for said standard. The first encounter, Electrical Sector Standardization Workshop, will make it possible to disseminate and operationalize the standard.


Additional information will be provided on the next issue.

Energy Efficiency Project in the Tourist Hotel Sector -PEEST-

Tools for Reading Electricity Bills Will Be Provided

 

 

PEEST Workshop Will Gather Hoteliers of La Fortuna, Costa Rica

The Energy Efficiency Program in the Tourist Hotel Sector (PEEST), developed with Costa Rican Northern Zone hotels, will conduct a workshop on March 29, entitled “Power Rates and Best Practices in Electrical Installations,” designed to provide the tools required in proper reading of electricity bills, as well as assessing electrical installation safety. This Workshop responds to a specific request made by La Fortuna hoteliers participating in PEEST.

Presentation showed Hotel Best Western Jaco Beach, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, March 2007

Plan Success in The Tourism Sector Is Shown

Hotel Best Western Jaco Beach
Managed to Get $ 1000 Savings per Month on Electricity

Hotel Best Western Jacó Beach management made a presentation to Costa Rican Tourism Board assessors, Mr. Ricardo Mora U. and Mr. Alberto Salas R., on their energy-saving program results, as required by the process to get the Tourist Sustainability Certificate (CST).

The presentation showed Hotel successes and achievements attained within Certificate framework. Participants included Hotel executives and organizations, such as BUN-CA, with which the Hotel has performed actions around the CST.

The Workshop included a presentation in the PEEST Project framework, where the Hotel implemented energy- and water-saving programs that resulted in close to $1000 monthly savings on electricity bills.

 Binational Energy Efficiency Project in the Tourism Sector Nicaragua-Costa Rica  (PEEST III)

 

 

Binational Initiative Starts Gathering Momentum

Energy Efficiency Project Organized an Event in Managua and León

The Binational Energy Efficiency Program in Nicaragua-Costa Rica Tourism Sector carried out two awareness-raising workshops in Nicaragua. The events took place on March 21 and 22 in Managua and León, respectively.

This Project goal is contributing to a reduced electricity bill in small hotels, in order to strengthen their image in the environmental field, and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions through a contribution made by Netherlands-based HIVOS Foundation.

Orientation on Binational Nicaragua - Costa Rica Project Implementation workshop, Nicaragua-Costa Rica, León, Nicaragua, march 2007

 

Orientation on Binational Nicaragua - Costa Rica Project Implementation workshop, Nicaragua-Costa Rica, Managua, Nicaragua, march 2007

In addition to BUN-CA, plan implementation has been made by the Nicaraguan Tourism Board and the Nicaraguan Small Hotel Owner Association.

The workshop was called “Orientation on Binational Nicaragua - Costa Rica Project Implementation” and took place in Managua at Mansión Teodolinda Hotel, and in León at Los Balcones Hotel.

News

Three Million Euros for Clean Energy Projects in the Developing World

 

The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Alliance (REEEP) called for the submission of project proposals to support renewable energy and energy efficiency market development. This is REEEP’s most important action since its inception four years ago, offering over three million euros available to less developed countries and emerging markets.

 

 

 

Energy Diagnose Delivery

During April BUN-CA will continue with the delivery of Level 1 Energy Diagnoses to hotels participating in the Energy Efficiency Project being developed at the Costa Rican Northern Zone.

To date, studies have identified potential electricity savings in the amount of 47,439 KWh and some US$ 75,000 estimated investment in energy efficiency projects.


 

BUN-CA Signs Institutional Cooperation Agreements in Central America

BUN-CA Signed an Institutional Cooperation Agreement with Universidad Tecnológica of Panama.

Last February 2007, BUN-CA signed an Institutional Cooperation Agreement with Universidad Tecnológica of Panamá. This Agreement is meant to develop academic and technical-scientific cooperation designed to strengthen the exchange of experiences and research findings, as well as expert professionals in energy efficiency.

 

 

 

BUN-CA Signed an Institutional Cooperation Agreement with the Cleaner Production Center in Nicaragua

Last February 2007, BUN-CA signed an Institutional Cooperation Agreement with the Cleaner Production Center in Nicaragua. This Agreement is meant to contribute in the implementation of energy efficiency projects within a sustainable developement strategy that considers natural resource conservation, promotes energy use, and human development.

 

Signing of the Institutional Cooperation Agreement, Panama City, Panama, February, 2007

 

BUN-CA Signed an Institutional Cooperation Agreement with the Nicaraguan Small Hotel Owner Association

On March 21, 2007, BUN-CA signed an Institutional Cooperation Agreement with the Nicaraguan Small Hotel Owner Association (HOPEN). This Agreement is aimed at identifying opportunities and sharing information to develop energy efficiency projects implemented by both organizations specifically on electricity end uses in the tourism sector.

Contact us at:

Ronny Cascante O.

Disemination Coordinator -PEER-

Tel.(506) 283-8835

Fax. (506) 283-8845