Press Releases 2011
U.S. Embassy Brings Together Energy Companies and Panamanian and Peruvian Government Leaders to Discuss Key Energy Issues
March 4, 2011
As part of the U.S. government’s efforts to safeguard the health of our environment and promote sustainable energy security, the U.S. Embassy in Panama hosted a video conference for energy company officials and government leaders from the United States, Panama, and Peru.
Conference participants discussed the pressing issues concerning energy for the region, as well as upcoming high level meeting that will be hosted by Panama’s Energy Secretary on April 6-7 as part of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA). At today’s meeting, private sector leaders had the opportunity to inform government officials about their actions to address energy and climate change needs, as well as learn more about government actions through ECPA to address those needs.
“These types of forums help ensure an open and candid dialogue exists among all stakeholders. The reality is that it will take governments, private companies, civil society and informed citizens working together to solve the today’s pressing energy and climate change issues. The upcoming meetings in Panama are yet another step forward towards our efforts to create a cleaner, more energy efficient world,” said William Muntean, Economic Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Panama.
The ECPA initiative was announced by President Obama at the April 2009 Summit of the Americas, and is the premier forum in the Western Hemisphere to address energy and climate change issues. The involvement of the private sector in ECPA is critical to ensuring that the policies advanced through the initiative lead to sustainable development. More information about ECPA can be found at http://www.ecpamericas.org/.
About the Embassy’s Environmental Initiatives
As part of President Obama’s vision for all U.S. agencies to safeguard the health of our environment by increasing energy efficiency and promoting the use of clean, renewable energy, U.S. Embassy in Panama has developed a three pronged approach. This approach includes promoting the need to conserve resources, leading by example and going green, and encouraging increased public participation on issues concerning the environment. In addition, the U.S. Embassy in Panama was the first LEED-certified building in Panama and the second U.S. Embassy in the world to receive this status. For more information about the Embassy’s environmental efforts, please visit http://panama.usembassy.gov/environment.html.