SANTIAGO – Chile’s government says that as part of its push for a low-emission and cost-competitive energy future it has set a goal of lifting non-conventional renewables’ share of the country’s energy matrix to 70 percent by 2050.
That target, which would represent a 58-percentage-point gain with respect to the current level, was announced Tuesday, a day after President Michelle Bachelet pledged before the UN General Assembly that Chile would reduce carbon-dioxide emissions between now and 2030 by 30 percent if it receives international support.
Energy Minister Maximo Pacheco announced the new target as part of his presentation of Chile’s “Roadmap to 2050: Toward a Sustainable and Inclusive Energy Future.”
The government is proposing that non-conventional renewable sources account for at least 70 percent of Chile’s energy matrix in 2050, a plan in which solar and wind energy will be the focus, complimented by new small hydroelectric projects as well as biomass, geothermal energy and marine energy.
Chile’s Energy Ministry says that in the South American country the term “non-conventional renewable energy” is used to exclude large hydropower (greater than 20 MW) projects from the “renewable energy” category.
In the transportation sphere, the roadmap calls for reversing the upward trend in private vehicle use by creating a quality public transport system and offering more non-motorized options and intermodal systems.
It also places a priority on clean fuels, stating that all cars and cargo vehicles, as well as 100 percent of buses in areas with anti-pollution plans, will be low- or zero-emission vehicles by 2050.
Non-conventional renewables account for 11.7 percent of the energy fed into Chile’s grid system, according to the National Center for Renewable Energy Innovation and Development, or Cifes, meaning that Tuesday’s target would entail a 58.3-percentage-point increase in 34 years.