The Mexican International Renewable Energy Conference (MEXIREC) took place in Mexico City from September 11th-13th 2017. MEXIREC is a global platform for government ministers, high-level decision makers, experts, specialists and thought leaders, as well as private sector players and civil society, to discuss and exchange their vision, experiences and solutions to accelerate the global scale-up of renewables. The conference is held every other year and is organized by governments of different countries jointly with the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21). This website provides factsheets regarding some issues related of the conference.

IKI Fact Sheets for the MEXIREC

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    The International Climate Initiative

    Since 2008, the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) has been financing climate and biodiversity projects in developing and newly industrialising countries, as well as in countries in transition.

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  • Renewable Energy Capacity Building within the International Climate Initiative (IKI)

    The International Climate Initiative (IKI) assists partner countries in switching to a sustainable, low-carbon economy. IKI partners receive support in the form of knowledge transfer, technology cooperation, policy advice and investment measures, enabling them to develop and implement appropriate methods and instruments that can be used to advance transformational processes.

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  • Sustainable Housing in Mexico

    The residential, public and commercial buildings are responsible for approximately 15% of Mexico’s total energy consumption. In 2012, the National Housing Commission CONAVI developed the world’s first National Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) in the sector to address this problem. A NAMA Support Project combines technical assistance to CONAVI (technical cooperation component) as well as financial incentives and project-related technical support.

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  • Mobilising Finance for Mitigation and Climate Change Adaptation

    Developing countries in particular face enormous challenges in mobilising financial resources and using funding for the necessary climate change adaptation and mitigation measures. The mitigation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the preservation of natural carbon reservoirs and adaptation to the impacts of climate change all require financial resources. The Global Climate Partnership Fund (GCPF), facilitated by the International Climate Initiative (IKI), is an instrument for mobilising public and private capital for investment in climate change mitigation in developing and emerging countries.

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  • Promotion of Bioenergy and Biogas

    The energetic use of biomass is a key tool in efforts to mitigate climate change. The International Climate Initiative (IKI) has been supporting biogas projects in a number of countries, including Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, Peru, India and Vietnam. The factsheet presents results from a Turkish-German biogas project.

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  • Supporting innovative Technologies: Concentrated Solar Power (CSP)

    Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) is an innovative technology that countries with appropriate solar conditions can use to decarbonise their economic development. Through the International Climate Initiative (IKI), the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) funds eight projects supporting CSP technologies in partner countries around the world and has committed more than 81 million euros for technical and financial support. The factsheet presents selected highlights from these projects.

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  • Renewable Energy Investments: Mobilizing Private and Public Investments against Climate Change

    Renewable energies are widely considered to be the most important pillar in efforts to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions globally. To evaluate progress in transitioning to a low-carbon economy, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU) supports an annual analysis of global trends in renewable energy investment.

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  • Jeffrey's Bay Wind Farm in Eastern Cape Province

    Renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) have played a central role in the International Climate Initiative (IKI) since its inception in 2008. The IKI supports more than 100 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. The factsheet presents a very prominent wind energy investment project in South Africa, Jeffrey´s Bay Wind Farm, co-funded by the IKI.

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  • Saving Energy by Replacing Inefficient Energy Systems – New Pathways towards Energy Efficiency in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

    Across the world, large numbers of small and mediumsized supermarkets, restaurants and other commercial businesses rely on refrigeration technology and other electrical appliances. These are frequently inefficient, with the result that many businesses face high energy bills. Help is at hand, however, with micro-credits for the purchase of efficient electrical appliances increasingly becoming available worldwide.

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  • Energetic Use of Palm Oil Residues in Indonesia and Thailand

    The energetic use of biomass is one of the key measures used in efforts to mitigate climate change. Vast supplies of agricultural residues make Southeast Asia one of the most important regions in the world when it comes to tapping unharnessed bioenergy potentials. Since Indonesia and Thailand are among the world’s biggest palm oil producers, the International Climate Initiative (IKI) supports both countries in their mitigation efforts

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  • From Fossil Fuels to Renewable Energies – Transforming the Energy Sector on Islands

    Small Island Development States (SIDS) share characteristics that make them especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Many SIDS are still heavily dependent on imported fossil fuels for the majority of their energy needs. A number of IKI-funded projects support the countries' efforts for a transition of the energy sector towards a low-emission and more sustainable future.

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  • The Mexican-German Climate Alliance: Contributing to Coherent Energy and Climate Policies

    Germany and Mexico are among the world’s top ten emitters of greenhouse gases (GHG). Similarly to Germany, Mexico has set itself ambitious mitigation and adaptation goals and has assumed a pioneering role among developing countries in terms of climate policy. The International Climate Initiative is supporting Mexico’s climate change and sustainable energy efforts through the “Mexican-German Climate Change Alliance”.

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  • Global Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Fund: Addressing Climate Change with Equity Investments

    Perceived high risk, lack of upfront capital and high transaction costs are keeping away private sector investments in emerging economies. GEEREF is a pioneer climate finance initiative harnessing ODA (official development aid) to catalyse private capital for the benefit of clean energy projects in developing countries.

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  • Dissemination of Solar Water Heating in Brazil and Mexico

    The use of fossil fuels for cooking and water heating represents a major source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Latin America. One of the most technically viable and economically attractive ways of reducing fossil fuel consumption in home systems is solar water heating (SWH). The International Climate Initiative (IKI) supports projects aiming to foster the use of SWH systems on rooftops as a sustainable alternative to conventional water heating technologies.

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  • Promoting Solar Energy in Brazil and Chile

    Brazil and Chile have huge renewable energy (RE) resources. In recent years, the costs of relevant technologies have experienced a signicant decline. The factsheet presents projects in Brazil and Chile facilitating the deployment of solar power.

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  • Flexibility is Key to the successful Integration of variable Renewable Energy Sources in Chile

    The energy sector is accountable for approximately 70% of Chile’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and plays a key role in the country’s mitigation efforts. Currently, the share of renewable energies (RE) in the Chilean electricity market is increasing rapidly. The International Climate Initiative (IKI) has supported the Chilean Ministry of Energy since the initial stages of renewables expansion through a series of projects.

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  • Renewable Energies, Emission Reduction and Sustainable Economic Growth in Chile

    In recent years, the expansion of renewable electricity generation capacities in Chile has experienced rapid growth. More than 40% of the Chilean electricity is currently produced by renewable energies, of which one third comes from wind and solar energy. Latest potential analyses show that Chile could cover its electricity demand more than a hundred times with renewable energy sources.

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  • Promotion of a Carbon-Neutral Water Sector

    The water sector is highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Droughts, intense rainfall and mudslides affect drinking water and wastewater services, decreasing the availability and quality of water and damaging the utilities’ infrastructure. At the same time, water and wastewater utilities in emerging countries are among the major consumers of energy, emitting significant amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, primarily nitrous oxide and methane, which have much more significant multiplier effects on global warming. The need to find solutions to combat climate change is therefore a central challenge for the water sector.

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Film archive on renewable energies

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  • Solar roofs in Mexico

    The inhabitants of Heroes der Tecamac in Mexico City are taking action to protect the climate. To heat their water they don't use natural gas, instead they turn to solar energy.

  • India - Bright future for solar power

    Tucked away in the North Indian state of Rajasthan, a giant and unusual solar park is coming up at the base of Mount Abu, a Hindu pilgrimage site.

  • Embracing wind power in Morocco

    With its plentiful sunshine and frequent winds, Morocco boasts ideal conditions for a flourishing renewable energy industry - as illustrated by the success of a wind park in Tanger that is still growing.

  • Palm oil in Thailand

    The stinking lagoons behind the small palm oil mill near Krabi pose a major threat to the climate. They release methane, a highly toxic greenhouse gas which contaminates the ground water in the area and pollutes the air.

  • 1,000 solar roofs in Brazil

    Solar power is still rarely used in Brazil, despite ideal climate conditions and rising gas and electricity costs. But a new residential complex with solar-thermal water heating is under construction in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Green energy in Chile

    Chile has plenty of renewable energy potential. But so far that potential remains untapped. With 13 major rivers, plenty of sun in the north of the country and more than 4,000 kilometers (2,485 miles) of breezy Pacific coast, the South American nation of Chile has plenty of renewable energy potential.

  • Mobile power to bring Rwanda's remote regions into the future

    Walk five kilometres to the next generator to charge your mobile phone? In Rwanda, that is part of everyday life. An entrepreneur wants to solve this problem by bringing solar kiosks to remote areas.

  • Slinging dung in the slammer for the environment

    The Caribbean island of Grenada off the coast of Venezuela is trying to reach its green energy goals using an innovative approach. Working together with Germany, farmers are installing and learning how to maintain biogas systems with the help of small loans.



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  • Climate and Biodiversity Policy Support

    Germany assists partner countries in increasing their capacity to adapt to the effects of climate change and to switch to a sustainable, low-carbon economy. IKI partners receive support in the form of knowledge transfer, technology cooperation, policy advice and investment measures, enabling them to develop and implement appropriate methods and instruments that can be used to advance adaptation and transformation processes.

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  • Climate Finance

    Mitigation measures, the preservation of natural carbon sinks, adaptation to the impacts of climate change and measures to conserve biodiversity all require financial resources. Germany is reliably fulfilling these commitments by financing numerous international climate activities.

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