Chile reveals sustainable energy targets ahead of Expo 2020 Dubai

Chile’s 700m2 Pavilion will focus on sustainable development, clean energy, and reversing the impact of climate change

Chile Pavilion will be located within Expo 2020 Dubai's Sustainability District.
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Chile Pavilion will be located within Expo 2020 Dubai's Sustainability District.

The Republic of Chile has emphasised its commitment to sustainable energy ahead of the 173-day Expo 2020 Dubai, with its 700m2 pavilion expected to focus on the nation’s renewable energy capabilities.

Chile has announced that it will decarbonise its electric sector and implement 100% electric public transport by 2040.

In addition, Chile also aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, supported by the country’s lithium reserves, which are extensively used in batteries for electric cars and buses.

According to a 2019 report by the US Geological Service, Chile has the largest lithium reserves in the world with eight million tonnes, which is sufficient to produce more 4,000 electric scooter batteries, and represents more than 58% of the world’s total reserves of lithium.

With the far-reaching use of lithium covering batteries in mobile phones, electric cars, and other energy storage systems, demand is expected to increase from 290,000 tonnes in 2019 to 1.7 million tonnes by 2035.

The nation also receives 4,000 hours of sunshine in certain regions per year underscoring potential solar energy production.

In addition, Chile’s 4,000km coastline offers significant marine energy potential, while the Andes mountain range contains geothermal energy reserves.

Commenting on the announcement, the trade commissioner of Chile in Dubai, Carlos Salas, said: “Chile has a unique opportunity to make a significant contribution to the fight against climate change by supplying key materials and components for the new clean technologies industries, such as electric vehicles (EV), renewable energies, energy efficiency and green hydrogen, based on the country’s richness in natural resources.”

He added: “Our sustainability theme at Expo 2020, which will be showcased throughout our pavilion, is very much aligned to the Dubai Plan 2021, the UAE Vision 2021, and the United Nations 2030 agenda for sustainable development, underscoring our commitment to reversing the impacts of climate change through the use of clean energy.”

With more than 200 participants, including 192 countries, and 25 million expected visits, Expo 2020 Dubai – held from 20 October, 2020, to 10 April, 2021 – will be the largest event of its kind in the Arab region.

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