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Advancing Colombian's energy transition roadmap

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Evento Andi

11 Sep 2023

On 6 September, GiroZero participated in the event "Boosting the roadmap for the country's energy transition", organised by the  Cámara de la Industria Automotriz of the National Association of Businessmen of Colombia, ANDI, with the aim of promoting joint work between the public and private sectors and academia around the roadmap for an energy transition in Colombia.

Juan Pablo Bocarejo, one of the expert professors of the project, participated in the two panels of the event. In the first one, he presented the strategies that have been promoted by GiroZero for the decarbonisation of freight transport. In addition, he highlighted the cooperation that has taken place with both the public and private sectors to achieve this goal.  

With the private sector, pilots have been implemented, among others, such as Expocafé, a brand that transported the first trip of coffee in an electric truck in Colombia. Meanwhile, on the part of government entities, efforts such as the collection of data in the National Registry of Cargo Dispatch have allowed researchers to process the data and identify challenges and opportunities to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from Road Freight Transport (RFT).

Primer panel


Professor Bocarejo highlighted the importance of different sectors participating in the formulation and implementation of regulations for the energy transition. He emphasised the need to generate proposals for incentives and disincentives that unite the efforts of industry, academia and the state. And, he ended his intervention by talking about the GiroZero Network:

"In GiroZero we are a network of approximately 1800 people. We have trained more than 200 course participants in logistics optimisation, technological upgrading, efficient driving, among other important topics to achieve the goal of reducing emissions".

The second panel: "Proposals to achieve an energy transition", moderated by Juan Pablo Bocarejo, was attended by the Vice Minister of Transport, Eduardo Enríquez; the Director of Infrastructure and Sustainable Energy of the DNP, Nicolás Rincón; the Director of Productivity and Competitiveness of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Camilo Rivera; and the representatives of the Ministry of Mines and Energy, and the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Ana María Orozco and Andrea Corzo, respectively.  

Meanwhile, from the private sector, Karol García, director of the Chamber of the Automotive Industry, thanked the University of the Andes for opening the doors to these spaces for dialogue.

Segundo panel


Among the conclusions of the event, the following stand out: 

1. The relevance of cooperation between the public, private and academic sectors to consolidate the roadmap towards a just energy transition.  

2. The relevance of defining the short, medium and long term projects that will take place in the transition. 

3. It is essential to define the scope and opportunities that Colombia would have by taking the step of energy transition, establishing goals and materialising the roadmap. 

4. Climate action, and more specifically the energy transition, must become an opportunity to reindustrialise the country. 

5. In GiroZero we will continue to be part of the initiatives that allow us to trace common routes between different sectors and identify the challenges and opportunities in relation to the reduction of TAC emissions, hand in hand with the energy transition. We welcome the fact that the conversation remains open to advance in the developments and articulations necessary to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.