sustainability dispatch april 2023

Welcome to the May edition of Energy Panorama.

Our featured report this month is the summary and proceedings from the Madrid Energy Conference, hosted in April in collaboration with IPD Latin America.

We were very fortunate and grateful to be joined by a group of graduate students from the University of California San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS) (Daisy Alfaro, Ezra Kraus, Gordon M. Magne, Maykent Salazar, and Ana Zapata). It was wonderful to host this distinguished group of future energy leaders who served as rapporteurs for the panels and discussions at the conference. Their efforts to summarize the panels form the basis of the report.

We are also pleased to announce that, effective June 1, Thiago de Aragão, CEO of Arko International, is joining our roster of Non-Resident Fellows. He will be our inaugural “China-Latin America” fellow and will lend his unique eye and insights into China’s increasing presence in the region, as well as how countries and governments are responding to it.

In early May, we hosted the third and final webinar as part of our series on “Geothermal in the Americas” in collaboration with the Geothermal Energy Advancement Association (GEAA).  Special thanks to our Non-Resident Fellow, Chris Sladen, for his thought leadership and efforts on this series.

Also this month, David Kovatch, Director of Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) Policy and Diplomacy at the National Security Council at the White House, joined us for a virtual Energy & Sustainability Steering Committee briefing and discussion. It was a timely and insightful conversation given that the IRA’s passage and now ongoing implementation have triggered a wide range of debate and discussion, particularly in terms of what the new landscape signifies for the US’s allies and trading partners.

Our Non-Resident Fellow Cecilia Aguillon wrote a commentary for the Inter-American Dialogue’s Advisor newsletter in response to the question: What Will a New Chief Executive Bring to Ecopetrol?

We ended the month in Mexico City. Together with AmCham Mexico and sponsored by Sempra, we co-hosted an invitation-only roundtable with a group of energy journalists. The intersection of energy and nearshoring was the principal theme of our discussion.

Our programming calendar is ramping up. On June 27-28 we will host our Brazil Energy & Sustainability Roundtable in Rio de Janeiro together with the Brazilian Center for International Relations (CEBRI). We will also be closer to our annual La Jolla Energy Conference. The XXXII edition is set for October 11-12. Plans for a Roundtable in Argentina in August are also underway.

Featured Report

Madrid Energy Conference Proceedings and Summary Report

Webinar Recording

Part III: Geothermal – Energy Systems of the Future


What Will a New Chief Executive Bring to Ecopetrol?
Latin America Advisor

In the News

Ven trampa del gobierno para cumplir meta de energía limpia
El Economista

Brazil Energy & Sustainability Roundtable

June 27-28 | JW Marriott, Rio de Janeiro


XXXII La Jolla Energy Conference

October 11-12 | La Jolla, California

More details

Energy & Sustainability Sponsoras and Steering Committee