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Mexico State Governments - Low Carbon States Programme

In 2014 the Carbon Trust began providing ongoing structured assistance on carbon management to the state governments of Jalisco and Tabasco as part of the pilot Low Carbon States Mexico programme.

This was set up with funding from the UK government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, with guidance from CONUEE and INECC, the national agencies of the Federal Government of Mexico responsible for energy efficiency and climate change, as well as the Mexican office of ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability.

All 32 Mexican State Governments were invited to express interest in the programme, and a high proportion subsequently submitted applications, with Jalisco and Tabasco selected to participate in the 12 month pilot phase. The two states have a combined population of around 10 million people and Jalisco is home to the Guadalajara metropolitan area, Mexico’s second largest city.

Support is provided from the Carbon Trust’s office in Mexico City, alongside expert guidance provided remotely from the Carbon Trust’s public sector team in the UK. This reflects the fact that the programme design has transferred expertise, methodologies and tools which have been developed over a number of years to support UK public sector carbon management programmes, applying these appropriately in a local Mexican context.

By employing a proven approach for strategic carbon management, along with appropriate localisation, this programme has been successful in driving the implementation of a number of energy efficiency and other carbon reduction measures in Mexico’s public sector. The Carbon Trust provided initial technical support to help in identifying, quantifying and prioritising carbon reduction projects in buildings and operations, and gave guidance on progressing project implementation. This resulted in the development of robust, state-wide carbon management plans for the two states.

Jalisco has been able to set a credible target to reduce carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2020, including building a large wind farm to directly supply low carbon electricity to the State Government. Tabasco is targeting a reduction of 15 percent over the same period. Each has identified and quantified a number of behavioural and technical projects which can be implemented cost-effectively to unlock significant cost savings and carbon emissions reductions. 

Following these early successes, the next phases of the programme are to apply a similar approach with selected municipal governments in Mexico, and also to explore ways in which the approach can be disseminated more widely across all of Mexico’s 32 state governments. A further area of focus is to explore how ongoing technical implementation support can be provided to assist states in ensuring that plans are continually reviewed and updated, achieving the full implementation of projects. This includes developing innovative ways to finance implementation and to use robust methodologies for specifying and procuring the right technical solutions.

Having gone through the carbon management process local government organisations are able to build the capacity and confidence to take a leadership role in disseminating and driving best practice across their partners at other levels of government, as well as among local businesses.

This has given us clear step-by-step pathways for our large and complex State Government organisation. The purpose-designed methodology and tools are helping us to make high level (and sometimes abstract) carbon reduction targets credible and achievable.

Project Leader, Jalisco State Government

In our State Government we knew it was a priority to work on energy efficiency; but we didn’t have the understanding for how we should plan, measure and structure our approach. The Carbon Trust programme has given us all these things, and the confidence to move forward at pace.

Project Leader, Tabasco State Government

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