Mexico officials announced March 27 that the nation plans to cap greenhouse gas emissions by 2026 and reduce them by 22% by 2030.
Mexico is the first Latin American emerging economy to commit to capping carbon dioxide emissions in advance of global talks in Paris later this year.
The news drew swift praise in the United States from Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.
“We warmly welcome the announcement by the Government of Mexico on new greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets,’ Moniz said in a statement. “The commitment Mexico has made today sends a strong signal of Mexico’s determination to do its share in helping the world reduce emissions globally; it stands as an example for countries around the world to follow as they undertake ambitious goals to combat climate change as we all prepare for the upcoming COP21 meetings in Paris this December,” said the Department of Energy (DOE) chief.
This announcement also launches a new task force that complements an effort launched last year in the trilateral North American Energy Ministers meeting that Moniz hosted in December with his counterparts from Mexico and Canada.
“I look forward to co-chairing this new task force with Mexican Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources Juan José Guerra Abud as we work together to deepen the policy and regulatory coordination between our two nations in critical areas, including clean electricity, grid modernization, appliance standards and energy efficiency,” Moniz said.
“Working together, we can further the continent’s commitment to promote regional energy security, integration, and competitiveness,” Moniz said.
In the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a plan to have states cut power sector CO2 30% by 2030.
The Mexican announcement was also praised by Voces Verdes, which describes itself as a coalition of Latino business, public health, academic, community leaders and organizational partners who advocate for sound environmental policy to combat climate change and support renewable energy.
“Voces Verdes is encouraged to see Mexico’s ambitious commitment to cut carbon pollution,” said Voces Verdes Director Adrianna Quintero. “The additional creation of a bilateral climate task force to use energy efficiency, appliance standards, and limit transportation emissions as part of this commitment is an additional important endeavor that will help both countries better tackle carbon pollution,” Quintero said.