COP21: Mexico, The First Of Its Kind

COP21: Mexico, The First Of Its Kind

From Issue Sustainuary 2016: Planning For A Sustainable Future

In March of 2015, Mexico, along with leading countries in CO2 emissions such as China, the U.S. and the EU, agreed on plans to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

Mexico became the first developing nation to tackle the initiative to reduce its CO2 emissions. It plans to generate 35-percent of its energy from renewable alternatives such as solar and wind energy by 2024. Mexico looks to peak its CO2 missions by 2026 and from there only reduce emissions. By 2030, the emissions should be 25-percent less than what would be expected in a “natural” scenario. Mexico also plans to work with the United States to develop efficiency standards for vehicles and appliances to further explore cleaner energy.

Mexico contributes only 1.5-percent of total carbon emissions on the planet and is the first developing country to enact a national climate law. Leaders in world climate change recognize the importance of Mexico’s actions. As Jennifer Morgan, Global Director of the World Resources Institute’s climate team, states, “…Mexico clearly understands the threat of climate change and the economic benefits of smart action for its citizens and is now going further. Other countries should follow Mexico’s lead.”

Mexico’s dedication to halt CO2 emissions is making an impact on other Latin American countries as well. Brazil for example, stated it would cut its emissions by 37-percent in 2025 by reducing deforestation and using renewable energy sources, surpassing the 22-25-percent goal that Mexico pledged. Visibly, Latin America is taking the dangerous rising CO2 levels seriously. Many other countries are contributing to the movement, meaning our future generations will have a clean home planet to live in.