Enhancing the coherence of climate and energy policies in Mexico (CONECC)
As of: February 2020
Objective and activities
The project supports Mexico in implementing its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) in the course of the dynamic liberalisation of its energy market and thus promotes the climate-friendly development of the energy sector. To this end, it advises the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of the Environment on technical and procedural issues. The project contributes to the development of regulatory instruments for climate and energy policy. The national data and information system is further developed with a view to a stronger integration of energy and climate data. The private sector is also be involved in promoting the transfer of climate-friendly technologies. Methodological foundations for climate- and development-friendly investment decisions are strengthened. Gathered experiences in the context of the Mexican energy transition are discussed in international exchange formats and shared with other countries.
State of implementation/results
- Stocktaking: Stakeholder interviews and analysis of laws, strategies and instruments of Mexican energy and climate policy with regard to their coherence. Identification of interfaces between the two areas as a starting point for consulting activities of the project.
- Advice at national level on the design and integration of individual economic and regulatory instruments at the interface of climate and energy policy: (1) Analysis of possible interactions between the national Clean Energy Certificates (CELs) mechanism and the planned Mexican Emissions Trading System (ETS), (2) advice on the methodology for the monetary assessment of negative external effects of electricity generation. According to Mexican energy legislation (Ley de Transición Energética), negative social and economic effects of power generation, such as air pollution caused by power plants or greenhouse gas emissions, must be offset by the polluter. Within the framework of an interministerial working group in which the ministries of finance, environment and energy and other relevant institutions participate, the project advises on the development of an appropriate methodology.
- 03/2018: Organisation of the first intersectoral dialogue between the main Mexican actors in the energy sector and climate protection at national level ("Taller de diálogo entre el sector energético y climático"). Concrete proposals for improving cooperation between the institutions of both sectors within the framework of the project were jointly developed. With the aim of improving the coherence of climate and energy policies, participants agreed on new formats for exchange and work on concrete topics of common interest, such as data collection and monitoring systems. Further inter-sectoral dialogues are planned to build on the successful kick-off event.