31 january 2018

WWF congratulates agreement to stop new projects of coal-fired power plants in Chile

from the WWF website, 31 enero 2018

The agreement announced this week between the Ministry of Energy and the companies of the Association of Generators of Chile, which establishes the commitment not to develop new thermoelectric projects based on coal, was celebrated by WWF Chile as a positive and powerful signal to decarbonisation of the country's energy matrix.

"This decision is in line with that Chile and the world must do to move towards a low-emission economy and that opens the door to new opportunities to strengthen and consolidate the development of renewable energies" said Ricardo Bosshard, Director of WWF Chile.

The commitment also includes the determination of a timetable for the cessation of operations of the existing coal-fired power plants in the framework of the 2050 Energy Policy. Furthermore, the agreement constitutes a great boost to the achievement of the goal of 100% renewable energy by 2050 established by WWF on a global level.

"We believe that this is a milestone that would not have been possible without the intense work done by the Energy 2050 initiative, of which we were part as WWF, and which in 2015 materialized in the Energy Policy. Since that year, the energy sector in Chile has changed and today we see that it is possible to be more ambitious, as WWF has always proposed, especially in relation to our national contribution in the Paris Agreement", said Bosshard.

"For the future, it is a priority that the working group established within the framework of the agreement not only safeguard energy security, but also ensure the social and environmental integrity related to the withdrawal of infrastructure and the creation of new projects, making this a fair energy transition with new opportunities for all", added the director of WWF Chile.

"We hope that this agreement will inspire to reduce emissions from the burning of fossil fuels in other sub-sectors of energy and activities in general, mainly in transportation, which contributes 29 per cent of the total emissions of the sector. Together with the energy generation sub-sector, which emits 45% of the sector's total, both activities contribute almost 77% of the country's emissions. WWF expects a national discussion on how to continue reducing these indicators and the dependence on fossil fuels", commented Paula Tassara, coordinator of Climate Change and Energy of WWF Chile.

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