Guatemala launches renewables and efficiency focused national energy plan

This week Guatemala launched a national energy plan that aims to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases in the country by 29.2% by 2032. Prepared by the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM), the plan has the goal to acheive reductions through the promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency. 

According to the Minister of Energy, Luis Chang, the challenge facing Guatemala today “is to have suitable and competitive energy resources to contribute to the sustainable development that the country wishes to achieve. This national energy plan is a tool to mitigate the effects of climate change and the development of the sector,” he said.

The president of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, who attended the presentation of the plan, said that although his country is one of the lowest in emissions, it is the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. While the highest energy consumption in Guatemala is in the residential sector at nearly 60%, this strategy will increase efficiencies in all sectors – residential, industrial, commercial and service.