Climate Change Policy as a Catalyst for Sustainable Energy Practice: Examples from Mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos

  • Irene M. Herremans
  • Mary-Ellen Tyler
Part of the Social and Ecological Interactions in the Galapagos Islands book series (SESGI)


Ecuador’s comprehensive policy approach to diversify energy mix and reduce net emissions though increased energy efficiency is the primary driving force behind the following two case studies. The first illustrates a sustainable (social, economic, environmental) planning process for two large-scale solar energy projects in mainland Ecuador. The second case examines the potential for increasing energy efficiency through energy audits in the Galapagos Islands.Both cases illustrate lessons learned in shifting toward sustainable energy development planning and energy management. These two examples illustrate that even with a supportive national policy framework, there are still a number of social, economic, environmental, technical, political, and operational challenges that need to be addressed at different scales and in different contexts to improve sustainable energy practice.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Haskayne School of Business, University of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  2. 2.Faculty of Environmental DesignUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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