The objective of the workshop was to bring together representatives from different sectors to present and discuss the typical tasks and responsibilities that a company assumes under an Emissions Trading System (ETS).


The process of designing the ETS for Mexico has brought several opportunities for capacity development. The subjects taught during the trainings in 2018 have evolved as the design process has progressed. The training sessions have focused on the same target group: industry sectors whose historical emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) make them relevant for the design and implementation of the ETS in Mexico.


The preliminary bases constituting the legal framework of Mexico’s ETS were developed by the Working Group of the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) in close collaboration with the private sector. The bases are now ready and additional information sessions will be held to better publicize their content and objectives, as well as those of the ETS pilot program established by Article 94 of the General Law on Climate Change.



In this context, it is a priority to strengthen the capacities of relevant sector representatives regarding their knowledge of the ETS compliance cycle. Accordingly, the workshop covered topics related to the monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of emissions, as well as the delivery of emission allowances corresponding to the previous compliance period. Along these lines, the workshop also addressed issues concerning decisions about reducing emissions within companies or buying emission allowances in the market to ensure compliance. Finally, the workshop covered other topics of special interest to the participants, including aspects of competitiveness and allowance allocation.


Using interactive elements, the workshops covered the themes above by providing examples and best practices so that participants could answer the following questions: How should compliance be managed? What internal processes should be established? What aspects needs to be considered at the time of decision making?


Energy Sector Project

During the workshop, a representative from the Federal Electricity Commission presented the “Feasibility Study of the Biomass Conversion in the Petacalco Coal Power Plant.” The presentation discussed options for reducing electricity in the energy sector. Among the issues that arose during the presentation were those related to the use of alternative fuels and clean energy certificates.



The workshop was held on December 6 at the SEMARNAT facilities. This training was carried out within the framework of the Preparation of an Emissions Trading System in Mexico (SiCEM) project developed by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Government in support of SEMARNAT.


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