Developing a Sustainable Mitigation Program for Mexico

Implementing Sector-Wide NAMAs to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Since 2005, CCAP has been working with policymakers, research organizations, business and industry officials, and NGOs in Mexico to identify and advance in the implementation of activities oriented to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In that effort, CCAP emphasizes specific “win-win” opportunities that promote sustainable development and support Mexico’s economy through cost-effective actions that reduce GHG emissions.

CCAP is helping to develop several nationally appropriate mitigation actions that address Mexico’s GHG emissions on a sector-wide basis. Focusing on mitigation policies in the electricity, cement, iron and steel, and oil refining industries, CCAP released a Sectoral Study, which provides guidance on creating potential sectoral NAMAs that align with country and international climate change goals. The study also enabled CCAP to develop trusted working relationships with government and industry officials, allowing for the collection of data needed to accurately analyze GHG emissions and develop feasible mitigation programs.

Cement Sector NAMA

CCAP is providing analytical, policy and finance-related assistance to SEMARNAT, the cement industry associated with the National Cement Chamber (CANACEM), and stakeholders, to design and facilitate the implementation of a cement sector NAMA.This project aims to reinforce the sector’s use of alternative fuels, and specifically targets clinker substitution as well as energy efficiency measures.

Small and Medium Enterprises NAMA

CCAP is collaborating with the Ministry of Energy and relevant national and international institutions to design and implement an energy efficiency NAMA for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). CCAP is working scale-up a program focused on reducing electricity consumption by including substitute or retrofit equipment with high consumption of thermal energy. CCAP’s participation in creating an SME NAMA is focused on designing a methodology that would reduce transaction costs, and identifying the financial mechanisms.

Transportation NAMA

CCAP is working with Mexican officials at the national and local levels to help cities develop comprehensive Low Carbon Integrated Urban Mobility Plans (PIMUS). These plans will help municipalities improve mobility and become more sustainable, but also significantly reduce GHG emissions through reduced congestion, shorter trips, and an overall shift from cars to mass transit and other forms of transportation. CCAP has reviewed and assessed current transportation plan proposals from several Mexican municipalities, and conducted a capacity building workshop with select cities.

 

Considering its leadership in the environmental arena, it is critical for Mexico to reinforce the mitigation policies needed to reach its climate change objectives of reducing emissions by 30 percent by 2020, and 50 percent by 2050. Mexico’s climate change law provides greater legal certitude that certain climate change policies and programs will be implemented, however, for Mexico to remain an environmental leader among fellow developing countries, it must show it is endeavoring to meet climate commitments.