Applying Systems Thinking to Energy and Sustainability Challenges in Chile


MIT SDM Systems Thinking Webinar Series

Jorge Moreno, SDM ’11, Cofounder, inodú
Donny Holaschutz, SDM ’10, Cofounder, inodú

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Date: April 7, 2014

About the PresentationDonny Holaschutz

Jorge Moreno

Over the past several years, Chile has faced an energy crisis that has impacted virtually all industries in that country. Caused by the scarcity of natural energy resources, tension between developers and conservationists, and a complex permitting process, the crisis has motivated energy and sustainability professionals to take a systems-based approach to mobilizing and managing projects in that country. The approach holds promise for planners around the world.

In this webinar, SDM alumni Jorge Moreno and Donny Holaschutz will present specific examples of how high-impact energy and sustainability projects have been driven from conception to operation in Chile.

Examples will include:

  • Working with the European Southern Observatory and the Chilean Energy Ministry to address planned increases in energy consumption while satisfying the need for reliable, cost-effective electricity and minimizing environmental impact;
  • Supporting small hydroelectric projects through codevelopment, planning, and risk management; and
  • Analyzing the complex systems at work in one of Chile’s largest food companies, identifying opportunities for improved energy efficiency, and developing an implementation plan.

The speakers will also provide a general plan of action for energy and sustainability solutions that can be customized and applied across industries. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

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About the Speakers

SDM alumnus Jorge Moreno, an inodú cofounder, has extensive experience in the energy industry in the United States and Latin America. He holds a master’s degree in engineering and management from MIT and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

SDM alumnus Donny Holaschutz, an inodú cofounder, is a seasoned entrepreneur with experience in both for- and not-for-profit ventures related to clean and sustainable technology. He holds a master’s degree in engineering and management from MIT and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

About the Series

The MIT System Design and Management Program Systems Thinking Webinar Series features research conducted by SDM faculty, alumni, students, and industry partners. The series is designed to disseminate information on how to employ systems thinking to address engineering, management, and socio-political components of complex challenges.