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OAS Holds Workshop on Infrastructure Institutions for Renewable Energy in Latin America and the Caribbean

6 May 2011: A workshop co-organized by the Organization of American States (OAS) discussed the needs and challenges facing quality infrastructure institutions, such as standardization, certification, accreditation, metrology and evaluation of compliance, in Latin America and the Caribbean, related to energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Co-hosted by the hemispheric Organization, the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) of Germany, and the National Metrology Institute, Normalização e Qualidade Industrial (INMETRO) of Brazil, and funded by the Government of Germany, the workshop convened from 3-6 May 2011, in Petrópolis, Brazil. The event aimed to define the work priority areas and the guidelines of a regional cooperation programme to promote sensitization and improvement of technical capacities of quality infrastructure institutions in the area of renewable energy. The results will inform a work programme to be further elaborated by OAS and PTB.

The workshop was attended by representatives of diverse national and international quality infrastructure institutions from the region, as well as international experts and representatives from the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE), the Inter-American Metrology System (SIM), the Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT), and the Inter-American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC).

Quality infrastructure institutions are a precondition for the production of safe and high quality products and services, including energy. They are made up of public and private institutions that provide the necessary services, such as standardization, measurement and evaluation, to guarantee quality and must be supported by a regulatory framework that promotes its proper functioning. The OAS underlines that quality infrastructure is fundamental in promoting competitiveness, innovation, access to markets, and consumer protection and therefore fundamental for sustainable economic development. [OAS Press Release]