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Use of Renewable Fuels and Waste for Electricity Generation
Nieves López Izquierdo, Associate Consultant UNEP/GRID-Arendal
In 2007, 15.8% of the supply of primary energy in Latin America and the Caribbean came from renewable fuels and waste (solid and liquid biomass, biogas, and industrial and urban waste). This is higher than the worldwide average of 9.5% for the same year. Of the region’s countries, Haiti, Paraguay, Nicaragua and Guatemala each obtain more than 50% of their primary energy from renewable fuels and waste. It is important to note, however, that this figure includes the use of fuelwood for cooking, a practice that causes increased deforestation.