Tercer Foro Anual de Transporte Limpio en Latinoamérica


Third Annual Latin America Clean Transport Forum

The electrification of the transportation sector is crucial to tackling global climate change. Globally, electric vehicle penetration has grown rapidly over the last decade, thanks to a variety of new car models coming to the market, significant cost reductions in components such as batteries and a range of public policies to promote electric mobility. In Latin America, electric transport is in early stages. The region faces many barriers to expanding electric transport – like the high cost of electric vehicles and a lack of charging infrastructure – with few of the incentives in place that have encouraged electric vehicle sales in other regions.

The Third Annual Latin America Clean Transport Forum in San José, Costa Rica will bring together representatives from government, private sector, and civil society to discuss impediments and opportunities to expanding clean transportation and electric vehicles in the region. Read more about our First Annual Latin America Clean Transport Forum in Mexico and Second Annual Latin America Clean Transport Forum in Bogotá and our report, Green Transportation: Electric Vehicles in Latin America.


8:30am – 8:45am      Registration

8:45am – 9:00am      Opening Remarks

Lisa Viscidi, Director, Energy, Climate Change and Extractive Industries Program, Inter-American Dialogue (@lviscidi)

9:00am – 9:30am      Keynote address: Regulations and Incentives for Electric Vehicles

What policies and regulations should be adopted to promote electric mobility in Costa Rica?

Marcela Guerrero Campos, Representative, Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica (@Marce_GuerreroC)

9:30am – 10:45am     Panel 1: Global Trends in Electric Mobility

What is the global outlook for electric vehicle expansion? What policies have been most successful in promoting EV’s at a global level? What is the role of the private sector, including carmakers and utilities?


  • Katherine Blumberg, Senior Fellow, International Council on Clean Transportation (@TheICCT)
  • John Gartner, Senior Research Director, Navigant Research (@NavigantRSRCH)
  • Guillermo Areas, Head, Government and External Affairs for Latin America and the Caribbean, BMW Group (@BMWGroup)


  • Faith Corneille, Senior Regional Energy Advisor, Bureau of Energy Resources, US Department of State (@EnergyAtState)

10:45am – 11:15am    Keynote address: Electric Mobility and the Environment

What role does electric mobility play in climate change mitigation and environmental protection in Costa Rica?

Laura Lizano, Energy Sector Director, Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica (@CRMinae)

11:15am – 11:30am     Coffee Break

11:30am – 1:00pm   Panel 2: Electric Transport in Latin America: Regional Experiences

Which Latin American countries are most advanced in electric vehicle adoption? What are the main success stories from the region?


  • Gustavo Máñez Gomis, Climate Change Coordinator, Latin America and the Caribbean, UN Environment Program (@UNEP
  • Mónica Morales Campos, Deputy Manager of Technology Development, Electricity Sector Energy Savings Program, Federal Electricity Commission of Mexico (@CFEmx)
  • Edder Velandia Durán, Professor and Researcher, Universidad de La Salle (@unisalle)
  • Carlos Mojica, Urban Transport Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank (@BIDtransporte)


1:00pm – 1:15pm         Lunch will be served

1:15pm – 1:45pm        Keynote address: The Role of Electric Vehicles in Clean Transportation

What are the challenges and opportunities to integrating electric vehicles into the transportation system in Costa Rica?

Liza Castillo, Viceminister of Transportation and Road Safety, Ministry of Public Works and Transportation of Costa Rica (@moptcr)

1:45pm – 3:00pm       Challenges and Opportunities for Electric Transport in Costa Rica

How can Costa Rica further promote the use of electric vehicles? How does electric mobility fit into the country’s Paris Accord commitments? How will Costa Rica ensure adequate electricity supplies and charging infrastructure to facilitate electric vehicle uptake?


  • Carlos Manuel Obregón, Executive President, Grupo ICE (@GrupoICEcr)
  • Carlos Echevarría, Senior Energy Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank (@BIDenergia)
  • Mónica Araya, Founder & Director, Costa Rica Limpia and Nivela (@MonicaArayaTica)


  • José Mario Jara Castro, Executive Director, Regional Energy Integration Commission for Central America and the Caribbean (CECACIER)

2:45pm – 3:00pm     Closing Remarks

Lisa Viscidi, Director, Energy, Climate Change and Extractive Industries Program, Inter-American Dialogue (@lviscidi)



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