Energy, Climate Change, and Extractive Industries Program
Simón Ladino Cano joined the Dialogue as a Summer 2022 Intern for the Energy, Climate Change & Extractive Industries Program. Until the end of 2021, he was an Erasmus Mundus scholarship holder for the Master LAGLOBE program studying Latin American Studies with a focus on International Cooperation and Development from Université Sorbonne Nouvelle (France), Stockholm University (Sweden) and Universidad de Salamanca (Spain). Prior to that, he graduated with honors from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, where he obtained a B.A. in Sociology before working at the Colombian Congress on peace-building issues. He recently interned for the Sustainable Development and Climate Change program at the EU-LAC International Foundation in Hamburg (Germany) and is currently pursuing a fellowship on sustainable energy with the global youth organization Student Energy. His area of interest is the comparative study of renewable energy policies across Latin America from an energy justice perspective.
As part of his energy and climate campaign promises, Colombian President-elect Gustavo Petro’s intention to halt oil exploration and pilot fracking projects and accelerate the transition to renewable energy raises questions about the direction of energy policy in the country.
On June 28, 2022, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted a webinar entitled “Low-Carbon Hydrogen in LAC – Prospects and Pathways”. This online event sought to explore public and private sector plans to develop the hydrogen industry in the region, specifically focusing on barriers to the production, use, and commercialization of low-carbon hydrogen as well as international and cross-sectoral cooperation strategies to accelerate the implementation of this technology.