The Office of International Affairs (IA) coordinates DOE participation in the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA). DOE and the State Department’s Office of Western Hemisphere Affairs chair ECPA for the United States. ECPA is a key multilateral mechanism to advance clean energy deployment and reduce the climate change impacts of energy technologies in the Western Hemisphere. ECPA is a flexible mechanism through which governments in the Western Hemisphere, on a voluntary basis, may lead multi-country or bilateral initiatives.
Announced at the Summit of the Americas in 2009, the goals of the partnership are to accelerate clean energy development and deployment, advance energy security, and reduce energy poverty by sharing best practices, encouraging investment, and cooperating on technology research, development and deployment.
ECPA comprises seven pillars that address: energy efficiency; renewable energy; cleaner and more efficient use of fossil fuels; energy infrastructure; energy poverty; sustainable forests and land use; and adaptation. Over 40 ECPA projects have been undertaken. The Organization of American States (OAS) hosts the ECPA website, which contains details on the many ECPA activities completed and undertaken, and serves as clearing house for projects, events and activities targeting energy and climate issues in the region. Planning for the next ECPA Energy Ministerial is underway for late 2014 and will be hosted by the Government of Mexico.