Odón de Buen, M.SC.
General Director of the National Comission for the Efficient Use of Energy (Conuee)
Director-General of the National Commission for the Efficient Use of Energy (Conuee) in Mexico, a decentralized administrative organization within the Ministry of Energy, that promotes energy efficiency and sustainable use of energy.
Mr. de Buen has a Bachelor´s Degree in Engineering from Mexico´s National University (UNAM) and a Master of Science Degree on Energy and Resources from the University of California at Berkeley.
From 1995 to 2003, he was the Director-General of the National Commission for Energy Conservation in México (Conae) where he led the implementation of more than a dozen of energy efficiency standards, programs for public buildings and Pemex (the National Oil Company), as well as a number of international activities which positioned Conae as a point of reference on energy efficiency and renewable energy issues in Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region. As part of his responsibilities at Conae, Mr. de Buen also began the promotion for the establishment of state energy agencies in México.
From 2003 to 2012, he was consultant for national and international organizations in Mexico, South and Central America, specializing in energy efficiency and renewable energy.
He is a founding member of the National Association of Solar Energy in Mexico, the Mexican Coalition for Energy Efficiency in Buildings and the Energy Transition Network. Also, he has been member of CLASP´s Steering Committee, an NGO that promotes energy efficiency standards and labeling in appliances.
Additionally to his responsibilities as Director-General of Conuee, Mr. de Buen is an assembly-elected member for 3 years of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the world´s most relevant body on electrical and electronic standardization.
Mr. de Buen has written a number of articles, reports and documents related to energy and environment policy issues in Mexico, and has collaborated with several organizations in projects related to energy-efficiency issues, climate change mitigation and energy/environment related policies in Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean.
His work has included the collaboration with organizations, such as the Interamerican Development Bank, the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the International Copper Association, the United Nations Development Program and the International Energy Agency.