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Christian Parra

Christian is part of the Climate Change Team of Advisory Services Division at IDB Invest, which he joined in 2017. He is responsible for coordinating advisory projects in the energy sector. Before joining the IDB Group, he held positions as: National Director of Climate Change Mitigation for the Ecuadorian Ministry of the Environment, Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Coordinator at the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE), Coordinator of the Low Emission Capacity Building program of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), researcher at Ecuador’s National Institute of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, officer at the Ministry of Energy of Ecuador, as well as independent consultant for the private sector. Christian has a PhD from Valladolid University (Spain), holds a master’s degree in sustainable energy development from the University of Calgary (Canada) and an undergraduate degree as agricultural engineer from The central University of Ecuador.

Posts by Christian Parra

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Agrophotovoltaics: A Double Opportunity for Latin America and the Caribbean

Agrophotovoltaic production combines crop growing and/or animal husbandry practices underneath ground-mounted solar panels. By generating renewable energy, conserving water and making an efficient use of resources, it can open the way for a low-carbon, climate change-resilient future.

Honduras, Where Low-Emission Manufacturing is Made Possible

Manufacturing is one of the main money-making, job-creating sectors in Central America. The current prices of renewable energy and the adoption of efficient practices are starting to cut the path towards carbon-low manufacturing, a competitive edge that could lead to export markets.

The Net-Zero Opportunity in Latin America and the Caribbean

The abundance of renewable resources places the regional industry well below many of its rivals in terms of greenhouse gas emissions per unit of electricity generated — a unique advantage that can help the region move rapidly towards the net-zero emission target.

Green Transmission Lines: Key Asset for the Development of Renewables in the Region

You probably haven't heard yet about a great way to ensure the sustainability of the energy sector: green transmission lines. These lines contribute to decarbonize interconnected national grids and feature top notch social practices.

Energy-Efficient Manufacturing in Latin America and the Caribbean: Just Cheaper & Better

Energy efficiency is the most effective mechanism for reducing gas emissions. The manufacturing sector in Latin America and the Caribbean can do its part for the environment while lowering financing costs through international certifications for its energy management systems.