Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard recently presented the final results of the City’s 2008-2012 Climate Action Program, announcing a 7.7M ton reduction of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions over the four-year period. Excitingly, not only did the Program meet its planned reduction goal through targeted action in key sectors, but also surpassed its goal by 10.2 percent.
In addition, Mexico City met the second goal of the Program: implementing a fully operational program on climate change adaptation, including measures related to forestry, agriculture, health, poverty and biodiversity.
These final results were announced by Mayor Ebrard at a high-level event on August 28, where the leader was joined by global experts including 1995 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Mario Molina;Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) chairman Rajendra Pachauri; Mexico City’s Secretary of the Environment, Martha Delgado, and C40’s own Rafael Ramos.
Addressing the group, Pachauri praised Mexico City’s achievements and expressed a desire to see the City share its experience in addressing climate adaptation, noting that on a global scale cities are on the frontlines of this issue — and not enough has been done.
Mexico City’s Climate Action Program served as the first instrument of public policy planning on climate change in Mexico, and provides a foundation for the country’s leadership on environmental issues in the international arena.
During the 2008-2012 period guided by the Program, Mexico City has achieved C02e reductions across multiple sectors, including:
• Transportation: 4.8M tons CO2e (62% of total emissions reductions)
• Waste management: 1.2M tons CO2e (15.3% of total emissions reductions)
• Carbon sequestration by reforestation: 893,471 tons CO2e (11.6% of total emissions reductions)
• Energy efficiency: 834,529 tons CO2e (10.8% of total emissions reductions)
• Water management: 4,670 tons CO2e (0.1% of total emissions reductions)
“This final report coincides with the end of the current Mexico City administration in December. The incoming administration has the challenge to develop a long term plan for the Climate Action Program with new reduction goals and mitigation and adaptation strategies,” says Rafael Ramos, C40’s City Director in Mexico City, in partnership with the Clinton Climate Initiative.
By City Solutions on September 13, 2012