From May 8 to 10, 2019, in the offices of the General Comptroller of the State of the Republic of Ecuador, in Quito, the Workshop on Consolidation of the Results of the Coordinated Audit on Renewable Energy in the Electricity Sector was held. Representatives of the 12 SAIs involved participated, namely: Brazil (coordinator of the audit), Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay and Venezuela. In addition, a representative of the GAO of the United States of America (US Government Accountability Office) participated, who shared the experience regarding audits on this same subject, both in his country and in the scope of the Working Groups of INTOSAI on Auditing of the Environment (WGEA, Working Group on Environmental Auditing) and on Extractive Industry Auditing (WGEI, Working Group on the Audit of Extractive Industry).

The Comptroller General of the State of the Republic of Ecuador, Dr. Pablo Celi de la Torre, was in charge of the opening of the event and welcome to the audit teams.

The workshop was organized by the Public Works Working Group (GTOP) of the OLACEFS, chaired by the Comptroller General of the Republic of Chile in conjunction with the Court of Accounts of the Union (SAI coordinator), with the support of the General Comptroller of the State of the Republic of Ecuador and of the German Cooperation through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), within the framework of the Project Strengthening of External Control in the Environmental Area.

The Coordinated Audit on Renewable Energies, developed within the framework of GTOP activities, aims to diagnose public policies and investments related to the expansion of renewable energies in the electricity sector in the participating Latin American and Caribbean countries. In particular, this initiative has made it possible to identify good practices and opportunities for improvement in relation to these policies in order to contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the commitments assumed in the Paris Agreement.

During the consolidation workshop, the auditors of the participating SAIs had the opportunity to share the results of audits, good practices, challenges, as well as preliminary conclusions and recommendations. The regional consolidated report and its executive summary will be published soon.

This audit seeks to attract the attention of governments and, through the recommendations, contribute to improving the effectiveness of policies to increase renewable sources in the energy mix. Therefore, it is considered essential that SAIs maintain their efforts for maximum disclosure of audit recommendations for the necessary articulation with other key actors who can influence the necessary changes, and also for the subsequent monitoring of the implementation of audit recommendations.

For more information on the coordinated audit and consolidation workshop documents, visit www.tcu.gov.br/energiasrenovaveis.