In light of the  forthcoming launch of the Emissions Trading System (ETS) Pilot Program in Mexico, in January 2020, and with the intention of promoting a favorable environment for a robust and continuously improving Emissions Trading System, the project “Preparation of an Emissions Trading System in Mexico”(ETS) of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH (German Cooperation for Sustainable Development)  facilitates the dialogue with actors from the public and private sectors and civil society, so that they can identify, and subsequently play their roles in the market.

In this context, the discussion “The Insertion of the Emissions Trading System in Mexico’s research agenda” was held, bringing together representatives of Mexican universities to reflect on the opportunities it represents for the academic world in matters of regulation, implementation and analysis of results of the ETS Pilot Program. In addition, possible challenges were discussed, as well as solutions and possibilities for collaboration to avoid those challenges..


Credits: GIZ


The breakfast took place on September 25th, 2019 at the Novit Hotel in Mexico City. The project “Preparation of an Emissions Trading System in Mexico (ETS)” implemented by GIZ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU) organized the event, which was attended by  distinguished universities such as the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the Center for Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE), the Ibero-American University, the Anahuac University, the National Polytechnic Institute and the Mora Institute.



The conversation revolved, first, around the thematic links between the ETS and the research agenda in Mexico. The institutions mentioned their good experiences regarding academic research and student training in areas relevant to the ETS. It was evident that there are lines of research aligned with the topic, arising among others from the experiences in Mexico with the Clean Development Mechanism. Challenges were identified, on one hand, regarding the consolidation of existing lines, and on the other, respect to articulation. Among the alternatives identified to overcome these challenges were public or private research funds, the creation of research networks, as well as the identification of specific projects (e.g. a seminar, a book) to coordinate research efforts.

Academic research on the ETS Pilot Program will be key to generate analysis and supplies that will strengthen the Operational Phase of the instrument. In this sense, it is important to continue exploring the possibilities for the promotion of this research in Mexico.

Efforts to develop capacities, facilitate dialogue and additional technical studies to strengthen the design of the system, will continue to be presented on the “IKI-Alliance Mexico” blog in the coming months. For more information on this topic, please contact us at:  Comercio.Emisiones-MX[AT]