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Mexico’s strategy for global climate change

By Jon Sievert

In December 2013, the Mexican government passed constitutional amendments partially privatizing PEMEX, Mexico’s national petroleum monopoly, renewable energy industries, and CFE, the national electric company. How these changes fit into the global energy picture and what their effects will be on global climate change are the subjects of a talk by Ben Ptashnik at this week’s Unitarian Universalist fellowship service.

Unitarian Universalist presentation
“Mexico’s Strategy for
Global Climate Change”
Sun, Apr 13, 12:30pm
Hotel La Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15

As these amendments were being debated and considered, the Mexican government adopted a National Climate Change Strategy to guide Mexico’s actions against the irresponsible exploitation of natural resources, aiming at a climate-friendly path of green growth. The strategy poses feasible goals that go beyond reducing greenhouse gases. It sets a long-term route to improve the health and quality of life of the population, while also turning Mexico into a more resilient society. As a result, it will help to guide the national climate change policy over the next 40 years.

Mexico’s Climate Change Strategy is an outcome of the joint participation of citizens, enterprises, academics and the government. It takes advantage of Mexico’s potential to develop clean energies; to correct inefficiencies in the use of energy; to generate jobs within a green economy; to promote sustainable territorial development; to increase competitiveness, and to improve public health and quality of life. The document focuses mainly on cross-sectoral climate policy, adaptation to climate change and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

A pdf of that report in both Spanish and English can be downloaded from

The new law contains many sweeping provisions to mitigate climate change, including a mandate to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by 30 percent below business-as-usual levels by 2020, and by 50 percent below 2,000 levels by 2050. Furthermore, it stipulates that 35 percent of the country’s electricity should come from renewable sources by 2024, and requires mandatory emissions reporting by the country’s largest polluters. The act also establishes a commission to oversee implementation, and encourages development of a carbon-trading scheme. Although there was initial resistance from Mexico’s steel and cement industries, the bill passed with bipartisan support.

Ptashnik is a former state senator from Vermont and CEO of Solar San Miguel International, one of the oldest renewable energy companies in Mexico. Special music for the service will be provided by Javier Estrada, who has been practicing the art of Roma (Gitano or Gypsy) flamenco guitar in San Miguel de Allende for more than 35 years.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at La Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15 and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit


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