The cycle of virtual workshops of the Learning Networks was concluded with the participation of representatives of more than 60 companies in Argentina.
You can access the workshop' s recording here: here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hISjeUgxUMc
On the background of the global pandemic and with the aim of maintaining the companies taking part in the 5 Learning Networks in energy management motivated, the Energy Efficiency project in Argentina implemented 8 virtual workshops, which allowed to deepen in technical aspects regarding the management of energy consumption in the industrial sector.
The companies actively involved, thus contributing to the important cultural change in Argentina regarding improving energy performance and becoming more competitive and environmentally friendly.
Representatives of the Learning Networks and authorities of the involved provinces (Misiones, Santa Fe, Córdoba and Tucumán) as well as business associations (UIA, CAME, CEM) collected the main experiences and conclusions reached and underlined the organization of the workshops and the excellence of the trainers and info material provided.
This work was carried out by the project's team of experts led by José Luis Larregola and technical officials of the National Energy Secretariat, with the collaboration of the National Commission for the Efficient Use of Energy (CONUEE) of Mexico.
It is worth mentioning the interventions of the main authorities during these activities:
- Aude Maio-Coliche, Ambassador of the European Union, remarked that the measures that the companies implement will have a high impact for the country, collaborating in reducing the emission of greenhouse gases, stating that: "The pandemic will one day end, we will get the vaccine, but there will be no vaccine for climate change. Each and every one of us is responsible, as individuals and as companies, to take measures to ensure the health of the planet". She stressed that "we need a true collective transformation and that this is the plan that the European Union has proposed to recover from the pandemic, based on the EU GREEN DEAL, through financial support to green projects. They will soon present this plan to the authorities in Argentina so that international cooperation can help overcome this crisis and generate the green transformation needed. The Energy Efficiency project in Argentina will be the lead in this."
Odon de Buen, General Director, CONUEE, referred to his long experience in the implementation of these networks: “it is exciting to see how the people who are part of the network are forming a team, through a common cause”. Remarking that these networks have been really useful in Mexico, first with state support and later autonomously.
Guillermo Martín, General Director of Electricity Generation, Secretary of Energy of the Nation, said that this concept of a Learning Network has had a very significant impact on the industrial sector, and that the state is committed to continuing them, underlining the work carried out by the 73 participating companies that are preparing to share their experiences. In addition, he added that it is vitally important to include the SME sector in this process.Finally, he argued that the impact of the implementation of these measures is really promising. "We will need to show this impact, and new co-financing schemes will help multiply these networks to other sectors. This has great potential for impact in the short term."