With a view to disseminating the results of the Coordinated Audit on Renewable Energies, the Public Works Audit Working Group (GTOP) of OLACEFS, in collaboration with the TCU of Brazil, held the “International Seminar on Renewable Energies: Advances and Opportunities for Sustainable Development” at the headquarters of the SAI of Brazil, in Brasilia, on November 26, 2019. SAIs from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay and Venezuela participated in this coordinated audit.

The event was attended by various international experts and representatives of government bodies from the Brazilian energy sector. In this way, a wide debate was held on relevant aspects related to the expansion of renewable energies in the electricity sector in the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, in addition to reflections emerging on the future follow-up on public policies focused on increasing renewable energy in a sustainable development context.

In that sense, on November 27, the “Workshop on Good Practices: Coordinated Audit on Renewable Energies” was held, which aimed to share the best practices identified during the development of the coordinated audit on renewable energies, to learn the experience of other countries in conducting national and coordinated audits, and understand the importance of the stage of monitoring the results of a performance audit.

In addition to the representatives of the Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) who participated in the coordinated audit, the representatives of the SAI of Argentina, Puerto Rico and Uruguay were present at the aforementioned events. Also participating were the representative of the Cours de Comptes of Morocco and the Environmental Audit Working Group (WGEA) of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI), in addition to a regionally recognized audit expert who exchanged audit experiences on the subject.

As a result of the Workshop, a series of lessons learned and good practices have been compiled in the performance of coordinated audits, which will serve to improve the future audits in that modality. There was also a strong recognition by those present on the professionalism of the TCU team in conducting the Coordinated Audit in Renewable Energies.

The performance of this coordinated audit made the exchange of data and information among the participating SAIs possible, allowing a diagnosis of the evolutionary picture of the expansion of renewable sources in the electricity sector. This evaluation has provided a compilation of various lessons, opportunities for improvement and good practices which, when disseminated, can help the government bodies of each country make decisions that are more appropriate to their respective realities, with the aim of making public policies for increasing clean energy more effective and efficient. It is important to emphasize that the success of the energy transition can contribute not only to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, but also to the expansion of electricity supply for the populations of the countries involved.

It is worth noting that, given the importance of expanding renewable energy, these events were financially supported by the German Cooperation Agency, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), within the scope of the Project “Strengthening External Control in the Environmental Area,” which is a cooperation between the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and OLACEFS.

To learn more about the Coordinated Audit of Renewable Energies, the available products and links to the videos of the seminar, you can access the following page:

Renewable Energy Portal