Countries in the region are seeking to advocate a rational use of energy so as to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.

Ministers and government authorities from the areas of energy, the environment, mining, and natural resources for the bodies that form part of the Central American Integration System (SICA) and the Mesoamerica Project met in Roatán, Honduras, from May 10 to 13, 2016, with the aim of reviewing the regional energy agenda (link in Spanish) so as to meet Sustainable Development Goal no. 7: affordable and clean energy.

The event was chaired by Honduras’s Undersecretary for Energy, Elvis Rodas Flores, and those present sought to develop and consolidate plans to promote rational and efficient energy use, responding to and articulating with the Regional Plan for Energy Efficiency in SICA Countries and the work plan for the Mesoamerican Program on the Rational and Efficient Use of Energy (PMUREE).

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will also be working with these bodies to draft Central American Technical Regulations for Efficient Lighting, with the aim of presenting these at the round of negotiations of the appropriate regional authorities. The Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID) and Mexico’s National Commission for the Efficient Use of Energy (CONUEE) have also pledged their support for the future work agenda.