International Cooperation

EPA's Role in the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas

“…We can strengthen the foundation of our prosperity and our security and our environment through a new partnership on energy. Our hemisphere is blessed with bountiful resources, and we are all endangered by climate change. Now we must come together to find new ways to produce and use energy so that we can create jobs and protect our planet.

"So today, I'm proposing the creation of a new Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas that can forge progress to a more secure and sustainable future...” 

-- President Barack Obama, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, April 17, 2009, Summit of the Americas

At the April 2009 Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, leaders of the Western Hemisphere underscored that energy and climate change are among the most important issues confronting our future and they reaffirmed their commitment to work together towards a clean energy future. Responding to these shared challenges, U.S. President Obama invited all governments in the Western Hemisphere to join in an Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA).  
 
ECPA is a a voluntary and flexible framework for advancing energy security and combating climate change by bringing together countries, Inter-American organizations, private industry, and civil society to share best practices, encourage investment, and cooperate on technology research, development and deployment.  The Organization of American States operates the ECPA Clearinghouse, which coordinates ECPA activities and outreach.
 

Seven pillars provide the framework for ECPA activities: 

The Summit of the Americas, which occurs approximately every three to four years, brings together the 34 democratically elected national leaders of independent countries in the Western Hemisphere to develop a shared vision for the future development of the region, including economic, social and political concerns. 
 
The next Summit of the Americas will be hosted by Panama in 2015.  

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Contacts

For additional information on EPA's work with Latin America and the Caribbean, contact:
Nadtya Hong
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of International and Tribal Affairs (2650R)
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20460
E-mail: hong.nadtya@epa.gov
(202) 564-1391