This week two different conferences adddressing energy efficiency are being held: one in Quito, Ecuador, and the other in Mexico City.

In Quito, there are four events to promote energy efficiency in the productive sectors of Latin American and the Caribbean countries. The events, which together form an Energy Efficiency Week, are being  organized by the Ministry of Industry and Competitiveness of Ecuador, the Latin American Energy Association (OLADE) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). 

The Energy Efficiency Week brings together policymakers and high-level technical staff from ministries of Industry, Productivity, Environment and Energy from over 20 Latin American and Caribbean countries, as well as experts from development agencies and international financial institutions present in the region. The aim is to promote the development of technology solutions that improve competitiveness through higher productive and environmental performance, leading to job creation and poverty reduction.

Meanwhile, at the same time, in Mexico City, policymakers from more than 20 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are participating in a regional training event on sustainable energy. This event is jointly organised by the International Energy Agency (IEA) as the lead trainer, the Mexican Department of Energy as host, and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) as the lead sponsor.

The Sustainable Energy Training Seminar, attended by more than 50 government and industry representatives, is focusing on low-carbon energy policies and technologies, including energy efficiency and renewables. It brings together the latest analysis, approaches and best practices from around the world, such as energy portfolio modelling and technology-specific deployment roadmaps.

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