GREENPYME Trains Future Energy Auditors in Central America

05/14/2012

IIC’s GREENPYME scholarships promote energy efficiency across four countries

San Salvador, El Salvador, May 12, 2012 — The Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) awarded a total of 40 scholarships to train prospective energy auditors in Central America under its GREENPYME initiative.

Scholarship holders took part in an intensive 48-hour course, gaining firsthand experience in energy auditing and acquiring advisory skills for energy saving projects. The training courses were held from mid-April through mid-May in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

“The GREENPYME scholarship program is an excellent vehicle for training future energy auditors and will help bridge the gap in local capacity for the training of these professionals,” said Jorge Roldán, chief of the IIC’s Technical Assistance and Strategic Partnerships Division. “Through this course, participants acquired state-of-the-art knowledge about energy efficiency and a better understanding of new professional challenges and opportunities in the energy efficiency field.”

GREENPYME encourages a more sustainable use of energy resources among small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and promotes renewable energy in Latin America and the Caribbean. The initiative provides training, technical advisory services, and energy audits, helping companies implement cleaner technologies and adopt good energy efficiency practices for greater competitiveness and sustainability.

Funding for GREENPYME is provided by the IIC and the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) through the IIC-NDF Trust Fund. NDF is a joint development institution of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden with the mandate of financing climate change interventions in developing countries.

About the IIC

The IIC is a multilateral financial institution that is a member of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group. The IIC’s mission is to promote the economic development of its regional member countries by encouraging the establishment, expansion, and modernization of private enterprises, particularly those that are small and medium in size. It does so by providing financing (in the form of equity investments, loans, guarantees, and other instruments) and advisory services to private enterprises in Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2011, the IIC reached US$1.48 billion in assets and approved 71 operations channeling US$464.7 million to SMEs in the region. For more information on the IIC’s activities, visit www.iic.org.

Contact: Jorge Roldán

Telephone: (202) 623-3948

Email: jorgero@iadb.org