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Vanessa Matos Tudela

Vanessa Matos es candidata a MBA de la Universidad de Toronto. Previamente, trabajó como consultora en temas de inversión para el cambio climático, en el Equipo de Servicios de Asesoría de BID Invest. Además, Vanessa trabajó en el Departamento del Financiamiento Estructurado y Corporativo del Grupo BID manejando recursos de asistencia técnica y servicios de asesoramiento para clientes interesados en invertir en eficiencia energética y en proyectos de energía renovable para consumo propio.

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Four reasons why the Caribbean private sector must invest in renewables
Four reasons why the Caribbean private sector must invest in renewables

In the Caribbean, the year-round sunshine and extremely favorable insolation levels have not been enough to spur significant investments in renewable energy. Now, a year after the signature of the Paris Agreement, investments in solar energy seem more appealing than ever before, mainly due to four reasons:

5 reasons to rethink biomass in Latin America
5 reasons to rethink biomass in Latin America

With less than a week to go until COP21, governments across the globe make their preparations to achieve an international, legally-binding agreement on climate change. And the progress is apparent. Over 140 countries, including most of Latin America and the Caribbean, have submitted their respective Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). These action plans allow governments to communicate internationally where climate actions will take place post-2020. One conclusion so far: clean energy will be fundamental to carbon emission reductions for all governments, including top global carbon emitters. With this is mind, it is important to remember the benefits of an underutilized renewable energy technology: sustainably sourced biomass.

How sustainable is your morning coffee? 3 Tips to Reduce its Impact
How sustainable is your morning coffee? 3 Tips to Reduce its Impact

Coffee is cultivated in over 70 countries around the globe and it is considered one of the world's most valuable agricultural commodities.  In the United States alone, the coffee industry is valued at an estimated $30 billion.  But the question for both producers and consumers is:  how sustainable is coffee?

Getting Brazil Climate-Ready One Sector at a Time #CRinBrazil
Getting Brazil Climate-Ready One Sector at a Time #CRinBrazil

At the very time the city of São Paulo is struggling with the worst man-made water crisis in its history, with millions of people and local businesses  suffering from water scarcity, climate leaders gathered in Rio de Janeiro just a few hundred miles away, to come up with solutions to the global climate crisis. I was one of 600 participants who came from 55 countries to attend Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project’s 26th leadership training, #CRinBrazil, the first one ever held in Latin America and the Caribbean.