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Global Climate Change

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Mexico contributes about 1.6 percent of the global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and ranks 13th among the largest emitting countries in the world. Mexico is a global leader in combating climate change; adopting an economy-wide strategy in 2009 that aims to reduce the country’s 2000 emission levels by 50 percent by 2050. Recognizing global climate change as a policy priority for Mexico and the U.S., USAID supports national and sub‐national policy development as well as capacity building to advance Mexican‐led climate change initiatives. We support the country’s efforts to achieve its commitment to a low-carbon future through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from the energy and forest sectors.  USAID focuses on climate change mitigation in the following three areas:

  • strengthening policies that promote low-emissions growth
  • improving skills to support low-emissions development
  • establishing financial models for climate change mitigation that leverage resources 


In 2012, USAID supported Mexico in achieving the following results:

  • Supported the proposal, adoption or implementation of 21 laws, policies, agreements or regulations that address global climate change.
  • More than 1,500 people were trained on global climate change through USG programs, and more than 105 organizations now have improved capacity to address climate change as a result of USG assistance.

  • An additional 24 global climate change tools, technologies and/or methodologies were developed, tested and adopted as a result of USG assistance.

  • Supported Mexico Cleantech Challenge in 2012, which identified and mentored local sustainable energy innovations.  This contest contributed to the creation of 60 new clean technology businesses and over 800 jobs as well as 27 patent and intellectual property filings. 

Last updated: March 04, 2014

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