The Mexican government’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 million tons a year is likely to be met, but may miss the December 2012 deadline, Odon de Buen Rodriguez, a leading clean energy expert and a former Energy Ministry official, stated.
The substantial reduction is a part of the Environment Ministry’s Special Climate Change Program (PECC), launched in 2008. The publication includes 303 goals covering power generation and saving, farming and agriculture, soil use and solid waste disposal.
The most broadly implemented programs focus on saving power domestically. The country boosts Latin America’s second richest wind farm resource at La Ventosa in Oaxaca. Meanwhile, large private firms, including the nation’s largest retailer Wal-Mart de Mexico, are investing in the area to produce their own power.