“The global challenges Chile has to cope with are urgent”

Leading the tender for the Chilean Institute of Clean Technologies, Corfo’s Director of Strategy and Sustainability, Victoria Paz, assures that she expects that the future center for the development of low-in-emissions technologies complies with short, medium and long term goals, and has the industry support to meet its objectives. 

“Chile has a huge opportunity in electromobility and in the challenges of new energies, but this entails big responsibilities and commitments that can only be addressed through joint work among companies-government-academia and civil society”. That is how Victoria Paz, Strategy and Sustainability Director of Corfo, describes the expectations placed on the Chilean Institute of Clean Technologies, whose goal is to catalyze the development, scaling up and adoption of clean technological solutions for the industry, and especially for mining. 

It is an initiative that hopes to promote the development of solar technologies, their adaptation and transfer to the national metallic and non-metallic mining industry and more sustainable and low-emission technologies for electromobility and green growth among other objectives.

The professional spoke with Cesco about the tender process of this center, the high quality of national and international applicants and the expectations placed on the mining industry for the ideal functioning of this initiative.

At what stage is the tender of the Chilean Institute of Clean Technologies and what steps are coming this year? When is it expected to be operating?

The tender has met all its deadlines. We are currently reviewing the proposals that have arrived in the first stage of RFI (Request for Information) and in July we will open the bases of the RFP (Request for Proposal), waiting for the proposals to arrive by the end of this year.

Although the implementation of a center of this size is not a fast one, we have expressed our interest to the applicants that the goals should mix short, medium- and long-term results.. The global challenges that Chile has to cope with go fast and are .

Are you satisfied with the proposals received?

Yes. We believe that the work of creating the bases, dissemination, and attraction of applicants was very good. It is demonstrated in the level of the applicants since we are not only achieving quantity but quality, with first level institutions both international and national and a big part of the industry involved.

How do you expect this institute to impact the mining sector? Do you expect there to be concrete actions towards cleaner mining?

Absolutely. Chilean mining, although it is a leader in the production and has first level innovation and extractive processes, it has several challenges in terms of moving towards low emission processes, and, of course, we expect progress in the value chain, in conjunction with its suppliers and smaller companies and communities.

What expectations do you have regarding the participation of mining companies in this institution?

We believe that their participation is fundamental since the drive towards the needs of the industry will only be achieved if the companies are present. Chile has a huge opportunity in electromobility and in the challenges of new energies, but this entails big responsibility and commitment that can only be addressed through joint work among companies-government-academia and civil society.

So far we have seen a great commitment from mining companies and we hope to continue this way. 

Do you have any international model for the institute? Any global program that inspires its functioning or success stories?

There are different models that have served us as an example, especially at an international level. But, at the Latin-American level, we will be leaders and pioneers. So, we believe that we should take the best of what already exists, but create something unique for the needs and opportunities of our country.