Events - 10 May 19

COG 2019 Climate and Energy Leadership Awards

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) recently launched its 2019 Climate and Energy Leadership Awards! These awards recognize organizations in our region that are undertaking innovative climate stewardship projects. Here are three ways that you can get involved:

  • Apply for an award;
  • Nominate a school or NGO in your community; and
  • Help get the word out by sharing this information with your colleagues and friends!

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Prospects for Energy Resource Development in Latin America

In many Latin American countries, governments are seeking to take advantage of abundant energy resources to strengthen economic development. Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro, has proposed new measures to facilitate investment in the country’s vast offshore oil reserves, including changes to contract terms for pre-salt oil blocks. In Colombia, the government of President Iván Duque has vowed to boost investment in oil exploration. He created a committee of experts that made recommendations on hydraulic fracturing in the country. In Guyana, a series of oil discoveries since 2015 has propelled the country into one of the top 25 oil-reserve holders, with commercial production expected to begin in 2020. Yet, developing energy resources in these countries poses an array of challenges. Regulatory bodies, for example, have to design terms for licensing rounds and effectively manage environmental and social impacts. What are the prospects for developing these resources and what are the key challenges for regulators?

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