Jose Miguel Valdés

Industrial Civil Engineer, Universidad Pontificia Católica de Chile

Industrial Civil Engineer with nine years of experience in the generation of information and analysis for the design of environmental policy and the socio-economic valuation of instruments of environmental management. He has led and participated in more than 60 projects related to different environmental issues such as climate change, air quality, ozone layer and waste management, in order to achieve the goals of both the public and private sectors. In these projects, he has specialized in the modelling of feasible futures and the implementation of actions that support the mitigation of environmental impacts, as well as in the socioeconomic evaluation of these actions.

He has experience in different modelling softwares, among which are LEAP (developed by the Stockholm Environment Institute) and Analytica (developed by Lumina). Particularly in regards to LEAP, he has developed the long term model for Chile’s electric sector in the initiative MAPS, studies of the impact of carbon prices on the energy sectors of Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panamá and Chile for the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL), analysis of the CAPEX and OPEX for a macroeconomic modelling of the GHG mitigation actions in Bolivia, and evaluation of further mitigation actions in the non-electrical energy sector in Chile for the Climate Teams Initiative.

His modelling and socioeconomic evaluation experience in GHG mitigation, includes different sectors, such as Electric Generation (notably on MAPS Chile Initiative and CEPAL), Transportation (notably for the Chilean Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications and Climate Teams initiative), Industry and CPR (notably for the Chilean Finance Minister and Climate Teams Initiative), Waste (notably for IDB and MAPS Chile Initiative) and IPPU (notably for IDB and UNIDO). Also noteworthy is his participation as team leader in projects for the Chilean Environment Ministry on the development of the Short-Lived Climate Pollutants Strategy, and the development of subnational inventories and mitigation actions.

His skills include the evaluation of mitigation potential and the socioeconomic impact of actions, through the development of models such as LEAP and Analytica, among others. Also, the incorporation of uncertainty in the modelling and the analysis of results under uncertain conditions. Among the multiple projects in which he has participated, he has led and coordinated multidisciplinary teams, and interaction with stakeholders such as the public sector, private sector, and society as a whole. He is a native Spanish speaker with credentials of an advanced English level (CAE).