In this day and age, there is no doubt that transitioning towards renewable energy is beneficial not only for our environment but also to fuel economic growth, create new job opportunities, and improve human living conditions. For an emerging market like Bolivia, which produces 70% of its energy from the burning of fossil fuels, moving toward a renewables-based energy system offers great potential for environmental sustainability and energy security.
On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), in 2017 GIZ launched the Renewable Energies Programme (PEERR) to expand and improve availability of renewable energy and increase energy efficiency in the Latin American nation.
In general terms, Bolivia is among the poorest performers in the region in terms of efficiency in energy consumption. Apart from private sector initiatives –with programmes promoted by international cooperation and others supported by the state – there is still a long way to go in improving energy performance. Particularly, the development of a regulatory framework and strengthening of energy sector institutions are critical to future success, as has been demonstrated in almost all countries in the region.
In this context, it is necessary to promote the development of sectors, such as the industrial and commercial sectors, where there is greater potential for the introduction of energy efficiency measures and the promotion of technological innovations that enables them to reach new competitive horizons.
With over 15 years of experience working on development cooperation projects in Bolivia, NIRAS has been a central part of the PEERR project supporting the Ministry of Energy in increasing energy efficiency and fostering initiatives and educational measures in the field.
Establishing the organisational framework
During the first phase of the project, NIRAS devised a concept for an Energy Efficiency Agency and developed energy efficiency guides for a nationwide implementation of cost-efficient energy efficiency measures. Since 2017, we have been providing organisational consultancy to the Bolivian Vice Ministry of Electricity and Alternative Energies (VMEEA). We have also advised on the design and implementation of the National Energy Efficiency Strategy as well as an energy audit programme in public buildings.
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