Mexico reduces greenhouse gas emissions

Mexico has reduced its GHG in 5 million tonnes since 2007, according to Mexican delegation at UN Climate Change Conference
Mexican delegation at the COP23 – Julio Ruíz Sánchez/EFE
14/11/2017
10:57
Pedro Solá Porta López
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Mexico has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in 5 million tonnes since 2007, although the final goal is to reduce them by 7 million, according to the Mexican delegation at the 23rd Annual Conference of the Parties (COP23) held in Bonn, Germany since November 6, under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The convention concludes next Friday 17 and the Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources, Rafael Pacchiano Alamán, is scheduled to attend.

It was mentioned that progress in Mexico has been achieved through the use of biogas and solar energy – a contrast with the decision of the United States to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, designed to combat climate change.

Agriculture with renewable energy
In Mexico, according to data from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Feeding (SAGARPA), 15.4% of the energy used by the agricultural industry is renewable. Of that total, 10% is hydroelectric energy and 2.8% is wind energy.

In total, Mexico has the capacity to produce 170.2 MW of energy with solar panels and 80.8 MW with biogas.

To achieve these numbers, the Mexican delegation stressed that an investment of $110, 500 million USD was required.

The resources came, mainly, from two loans requested to the World Bank ($50 million USD each), and the remainder of the capital was financed by the Global Environment Fund.

The Mexican delegation is led by Alfonso Elías Serrano, director of the Trust Fund for Shared Risk and representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Feeding

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