The initiative aims to test the potential of geothermal energy to reduce GHG and local pollutant emissions in one of the most polluted regions of Chile. The pilot will involve the local community in the design, installation and management of a heating system with a geothermal heat pump for firewood drying, and a connected greenhouse that will harness the energy losses of the dryer to produce vegetables.

Manuel Díaz R., Energy Center, Universidad de Chile

Implemented in

  • Latin America / Caribbean
  • Chile

Sectors of activity
Environmental Services, Education, Energy

Type of initiative
Capacity Building & Implementation, Education & Awareness Raising, Research, Analysis, Assessment

Type of lead actor
Scientific and Technical

Start date

End date


The general objective of the project is to reduce GHG and local pollutants emissions based on the proposal of business model and replicability strategies for the implementation of pilot projects centred in the sustainable production of firewood and vegetables in rural areas of Chile considering geothermal resources.


As collected through the One Planet Reporting

Output level

Outreach and communication for SCP

  • Launching seminar with local stakeholders and civil society

Training for SCP

Outcome level

SCP changes in practice

  • Construction of the greenhouse with hydroponic technology

Impact and Results

The project will be developed in partnership with the community, so this process will allow empowering individuals to adopt sustainable lifestyles because it will consider, depending on the necessities and interest of the community, educational activities, awareness-raising and participation. These activities will be supported by different activities and forms of education; among which may be mentioned workshops to knowledge of geothermal energy and efficient energy use, demonstrative activities of the benefits of using dry firewood and techniques for cultivation in greenhouses, among others.

Next steps and how to get involved

Please contact Patricia Vilchis Tella of Stockholm Environment Institute for more information.