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Mexico’s General Law on Climate Change/Ley General de Cambio Climático

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The essentials

  • Mexico recently passed the General Law on Climate Change, which may have impacts on energy policy decisions made in Arizona.  The Law calls for
    • Reducing CO2 emissions by 51 million tons by 2012
    • 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020
    • A 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050;
    • 35% of electricity from renewable sources before 2024.
    • Mexico’s natural gas consumption has increased over 30% since 2000, and their oil consumption dropped 30% over the same time. Mexico’s energy use from renewable sources remains static at 4%.
    • The 35% national renewable energy standard presents export opportunities for Arizona while Mexico builds its renewable energy infrastructure.