GIZ Mexico held the launch event “Co-benefits: Climate Action for Sustainable Development in Mexico” to present the main results of two co-benefits studies and discuss national and regional opportunities to quantify co-benefits with a sustainable development perspective.
On the one hand, the 2030 Agenda Initiative team, together with the Office of the Presidency of the Republic, presented the study Doing the Numbers: Quantifying the Co-benefits of Climate Action for Sustainable Development in Mexico that explores synergies between the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda and the co-benefits of an integrated implementation of both agendas. On the other hand, the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), together with the project Enhancing the Coherence of Climate and Energy Polices in Mexico (CONECC), presented the study Co-benefits: Contribution of the Energy Transition for Sustainable Development in Mexico, which examines the important co-benefits of renewable energy and energy efficiency in Mexico’s energy transition, as well as the most appropriate policy options to deliver these benefits to the Mexican people.
During the day, several experts such as Dr. Amparo Martínez Arroyo, general director of the National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change (INECC), spoke about the co-benefits resulting from the integration of the climate, energy, and sustainable development agendas in Mexico. After presenting the main findings and results of both studies, the engineer Yutsil Sanginés, general director of Public Policies for Climate Change at SEMARNAT, presented the design and implementation of an Emissions Trading System in Mexico.
In order to highlight the role of the states, a sub-national panel was held, in which the secretaries of Oaxaca, Yucatan, and Puebla discussed the actions and opportunities of their states in mainstreaming climate action into development policies.
Finally, the participants had the opportunity to present their ideas and opinions in three working tables, which were created to establish the future lines of investigation for the studies presented. These focused on the prospects for mainstreaming climate action into development policies and vice versa, on the elements for creating a tool for quantifying co-benefits of renewable energy and energy efficiency, and on prioritizing co-benefits in the implementation of an Emissions Trading System in Mexico.
This event was held on March 4, 2020 at the Museum of Memory and Tolerance in Mexico City. It was organized by the teams of Agenda 2030, CONECC, and SiCEM, which are part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).