Presentation of Luz en Casa Amazonia in the UNESCO’s workshop on Renewables in Biosphere Reserves

Madrid (Spain).- The ACCIONA Microenergia Foundation presented the ‘Luz en Casa Amazonia’ Pilot Project –deployed in one of the greatest Amazon river sub-basins, the Napo– in the first “International Workshop on Renewables Energies and Biosphere Reserves”.

The Bliesgau Biosphere Reserve (Germany) hosted the first “International Workshop on Renewables Energies and Biosphere Reserves”, which was launched by the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme and the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation. During this workshop, opened by the Minister of Environment of Germany, different initiatives were shared on production, distribution and consumption of renewable energies in and around Biosphere Reserves, within the overall context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The ACCIONA Microenergia Foundation was invited to join this forum of interchange of experiences and good practices among the members of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, in order to present its activity on electrification with renewables in environmentally sensitive settings.

Julio Eisman, as ACCIONA Microenergia’s representative, started his speech by exposing briefly the action lines of the Foundation, and the development and impact of the ‘Luz en Casa’ programmes that, in 2013, were recognized as Good practice on sustainable and renewable energies in UNESCO Sites. He continued by explaining the Luz en Casa Amazonia Pilot Project, which has provided 61 families in the Peruvian Napo river basin with access to clean and safety electricity, as well as the electricity delivery model implemented with it. This model is based on the collection of an affordable fee for a basic electricity service through third generation solar home system with prepayment, and it was validated by the users who show their satisfaction with the management model, the payment, the service… That electricity has also started to give positive impacts on the communities a few months after getting access to the service; in the long term it would favour their economic, social and environmental progress.

Those three dimensions are included in the 2030 Agenda’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Luz en Casa Amazonia and the rest of the ACCIONA Microenergia Foundation activities contribute to those SDG, especially to SDG7, Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. It also favours, transversally, those goals looking for the environment protection such as SDG12 for sustainable production and consumption, or SDG15 for protecting life on land: the third generation solar home systems have no pollutant elements such as heavy metals and avoid the use and uncontrolled disposal of batteries, as well as the emission of CO2. In addition, its compactness makes unnecessary works associated to installation and reduces the number of necessary trips to transport them; the integrated prepayment system reduces user trips too. The reduction of trips mitigates the use of diesel in water vehicles.

Those positive impacts are aligned with the strategy of the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme, launcher of the Bliesgau workshop. This programme promotes the rational & sustainable use and conservation of the biosphere resources, so as to improve the relation between people and their environment. With a scientific basis, it foresees the consequences of the present actions in the future and, thus, it increases the capacity of people to manage the natural resources to benefit themselves and the environment.

Additional information (in Spanish) about the development and conclusions of the workshop in this link.

It is the ACCIONA’s corporate foundation and has as objective the development cooperation, through the promotion of the access to basic services and infrastructures of people and communities that have no expectations of covering those needs.