Last Friday, Mexico became the first developing country to formally submit its post-2020 climate change plans to the UN. It followed the European Union, Switzerland and Norway in laying out their commitments to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Mexican Environment and Natural Resources Minister Juan José Guerra and Mexican Foreign Affairs Minister José Antonio Meade, announced that, for the first time, Mexico would commit to an unconditional target to reduce 25% of its GHG and compounds, including a reduction of 22% in the direct emissions of CO2, methane, nitrous oxide and chlorofluorocarbons. Those reductions, they said, can increase to 40% if a global climate change agreement is reached in Paris to secure enough financial support to mitigate GHG in developing countries and guarantee technology transfer for those economic sectors that emit the most.
Mexico would support a legally-binding agreement at the Paris climate change conference, which should include a framework of unified and equitable rules, according to Minister Meade. Firm national actions were needed to promote dialogue with other countries and Mexico called on all countries to join this collective effort, he said.
“We commend Mexico for being the first developing country to present its climate action plan. It sets a positive tone and continues to show leadership in the multilateral climate process. It is proposing an emissions peak and a decoupling of emissions from economic growth, which is laudable. Also, over 60% of the potential considered is stated as unconditional which is the first unconditional target for Mexico,” said Omar Vidal, Director General of WWF Mexico…