MONTEVIDEO – The government of Uruguay has approved an energy efficiency plan aimed at reducing consumption on the order of 1,690 kilotons of oil equivalent by 2024, the country’s minister of industry, energy and mining said Monday.
“That represents 45 percent of the total energy matrix in 2012,” Carolina Cosse said.
The government plans to implement the plan in the context of fostering economic and technological development, she said.
“Energy efficiency is much more than energy saving, it is the optimization of energy use,” Cosse said.
The plan comprises both general measures and specific steps affecting all sectors, from the courts to the promotion of financial tools, outreach and education about energy efficiency, she said.
“We also target innovation such as the development of a classification and labeling of buildings ... that are efficient in terms of energy use,” Cosse said.
She spoke to the media at a post-Cabinet-meeting press conference in which Economy Minister Danilo Astori and Planning and Budget director Alvaro Garcia also took part.