A Chilean delegation representing the city of Antofagasta visited the UK to explore energy efficiency best practices and new technologies. The visit was an essential component of the “Action Plan for the city of Antofagasta´s Sustainable Energy Strategy” project that the British Embassy Santiago is currently supporting through the Prosperity Fund.
The three day visit was sponsored by the British Embassy together with the Carbon Trust UK, Fundacion Chile, CREO Antofagasta and the University of Antofagasta plus regional and national authorities from the Chilean Energy, Environment and Housing ministries.
The “Action Plan for the city of Antofagasta´s Sustainable Energy Strategy” project aims to facilitate the deployment of a sustainable, cost-effective and low-carbon energy strategy for Antofagasta particularly through the development of a portfolio of local renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives.
Some of the visit highlights included a trip to Brighton to learn about one of 10:10 UK’s Solar Schools, a tour from Network Rail of the world’s largest solar bridge project at the Blackfriars London Tube station, and a presentation from Transport for London's Highways Manager on implementing energy efficient public lighting schemes.
New findings and knowledge gained from the visit will be used in finalizing the development of several energy efficiency pipeline projects for Antofagasta in the coming months.