Over 150 million people in Latin America live in areas that exceed the air pollution limits permitted by the World Health Organisation (WHO). This body has classified the following Latin American conurbations as having the highest levels of air pollution: Santiago de Chile, Mexico City, Medellín, Bogotá, São Paulo, Buenos Aires and La Paz. Some of these, such as Santiago de Chile, Mexico City and Medellín, had to take contingency measures in 2017.
With most Latin American countries showing a stable and growing economy, large and expanding urban areas, a population that is growing at rates that are higher than in other regions and a vehicle fleet that is on the increase1, the effects on air quality and those relating to climate change have started to position the transport sector as high priority on the political agendas of the region.
The potential to mitigate the effects of Latin America’s transport sector on health and climate change through the introduction of electric vehicles (e-mobility) is huge, with the added advantage of having a power generation grid that enjoys a high level of participation from renewable energy. Read more…
Julián Gonzalez & Ana Milena Angel
Article published in: FuturENERGY April 2018