Case of the month - Mexico

AUGUST 2014
GREEN BUILDING POLICIES - INTERNATIONAL CASES






Policy

Mexico City Climate Action Program 2008-12

City
Mexico City
Promotor
Government of the Mexico City Federal District
Establishment   

The program was established in 2008
Territorial scope
City



Target buildings  



Owner

 Type

 Function

Public buildings

 New buildings    
 Residential

Private buildings
 Existing buildings
 Industrial, services, etc.

Main Tachieved results



 

  • 7.7M ton of CO2e emissions reduction over the four-year period;
  • Transportation: 4.800 tons CO2e (62% of total emissions reductions);
  • Waste management: 1.200 tons CO2e (15.3% of total emissions reductions);
  • Carbon sequestration by reforestation: 893 tons CO2e (11.6% of total emissions reductions);
  • Energy efficiency: 835 tons CO2e (10.8% of total emissions reductions);
  • Water management: 5 tons CO2e (0.1% of total emissions reductions).

Summary



Mexico City Climate Action Program is an articulated set of policies that define the government’s actions in a group of thematic areas: energy, transport, water, waste, climate change adaptation, communication and environmental education. It gathers at the same time, three main action lines: mitigation, adaptation, and communication and environmental education measures. The mitigation integrates measures geared towards the reduction of GHG emissions and CO2 capture, the adaptation measures includes actions that will reduce the climate change risks to the population and the local economy of the Mexico City, and the communication and environmental education measures wanted to guide the participation of the civil society.

Program development context

The climate action program is part of a set of general and specific plans and programs of the Government of the Federal District, namely: the capital city’s General Development Program 2007-2012, the Mexico City Green Plan, and a set of public policies and programs designed to improve the quality of life for city residents.

The Mexico City Climate Action Program gives continuity to these existing city government programs/plans aimed to mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through new initiatives and a wide variety of actions that are viable for citizens, communities, businesses and government. Additionally, this program is extremely relevant to position Mexico City and its government as leaders in national and international efforts to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions in the context of the commitments assumed by Mexico in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

GHG mitigation actions

A total of 26 GHG mitigation actions proposed in the Mexico City Climate Action Program were implemented with the aim to reduce 4.400.000 tons a year, representing 12% of the annual GHG emissions in Mexico City, and comprising a four-year period budget of 3.175.648,28€ ($56,152 million pesos).

Detailed energy actions on GHG mitigation actions

For the energy area have been identified two action lines - energy saving and efficient use, and renewable energy use – and a set of specific projects that will help to achieve the goals set for this sector:

  • Sustainable housing in Mexico City – funding for new housing program integrating sustainability criteria;
  • Sustainable buildings in Mexico City – environmental certification systems for commercial and residential property in Mexico City;
  • Renewable energy programs for Mexico City – promotion of solar water heating in government buildings and the exploitation of solar energy equipments in businesses and services;
  • Energy efficiency program in Mexico City government – implementation of efficient lighting in buildings, street, and electrical transportation systems;
  • Efficient home lighting program in Mexico City – distribution of 10 million compact fluorescent lamps in Mexico City homes.

Successful results

After the four-year period, the program exceeds its climate action program goals with the achievement of 7.700.000 tons of CO2e emissions, and also attained the following CO2e emissions reductions across multiple sectors, including:

  • Transportation: 4.800 tons CO2e (62% of total emissions reductions);
  • Waste management: 1.200 tons CO2e (15.3% of total emissions reductions);
  • Carbon sequestration by reforestation: 893 tons CO2e (11.6% of total emissions reductions);
  • Energy efficiency: 835 tons CO2e (10.8% of total emissions reductions);
  • Water management: 5 tons CO2e (0.1% of total emissions reductions).




Links
http://www.sma.df.gob.mx/sma/links/download/archivos/paccm_summary.pdf