20 Apr '12, 2pm

Mexico Passes National Climate Change Legislation

Mexico is poised to adopt a voluntary climate change law - The "General Law on Climate Change." It breezed through the upper house in December with an overwhelming majority and passed the Senate easily yesterday. President Calderón will sign the law - he has made addressing climate change a national priority. Mexico ranks #15 in terms of greenhouse gas emissions and is experiencing its worst drought in 80 years. The bill sets a national goal of cutting emissions 50% below 2000 levels by 2050, requires the government to cut emissions 30% by 2020, and targets 35% of electricity from renewable energy by 2024. Although voluntary, the bill sets the stage for long term policies to meet the targets. It establishes a permanent, high level Inter-secretarial Commission on Climate Change with the power to formulate and implement national policies, and establish and regulate a carbon ...

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