Biofuels in the Energy Mix of the Galapagos Islands

Part of the Social and Ecological Interactions in the Galapagos Islands book series (SESGI)


To reduce fossil fuel dependency and specifically the risk of marine diesel fuel spills, biofuel production from the jatropha plant is being used in the Galapagos Islands. The potential and limitations for the increasing use of biofuels in the Galapagos energy mix are considered together with the history of biofuel development in Ecuador and the international expertise and financial partnerships involved. Production of biofuel on the mainland of Ecuador gives employment to rural residents who had few other job opportunities available. The Germany government and related institutions have been instrumental in supporting various phases of this initiative, especially in building local capacity, to ensure that the project is successful.



Carlos Alberto Jácome, Regional Energy Specialist. International Development Bank.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Irene M. Herremans
    • 1
  • Arturo Mariño Echegaray
    • 2
  1. 1.Haskayne School of Business, University of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  2. 2.Faculty of Environmental Design PhD ProgramUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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