Push for clean power in Mexico energy reform


Latin America’s first carbon tax took effect in Mexico a year ago, and though the business lobby managed to water down the original proposal, environmental groups argue the new levy still set an important precedent by putting a price on carbon emissions. Now, as Mexico overhauls its energy industry, green advocates are pressing legislators to lock in other measures to encourage the development of clean energy. “We’re starting from the point at which Mexico has positioned itself as progressive on climate change issues,” says Vanessa Pérez-Cirera, climate change and energy director at the Mexico office of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Along with broad commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Mexico’s 2012 climate change law calls for renewable energy to provide 35% of power... [Log in to read more]

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