Winds of change are blowing through Chile. Long reliant on fossil fuels for much of its energy, and with coal taking up a considerable share in the power mix in the past decade, the South American country now aims for renewables, spearheaded by solar and wind, to have a 70% share in its power matrix by 2030. Chile also has committed to a net-zero emissions (NZE) target by 2050 – the first developing country to do so.
Chile’s ambitious renewables strategy is supported by its geography, which stretches from the sun-drenched Atacama Desert in the north to the windswept Patagonia in the south. But its green ambition does not end there: the Chilean government is confident that the country can lead the way in highly competitive green hydrogen production for domestic use, but also export – and the world is watching.