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Global Climate Change

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While Mexico is responsible for 1.6 percent of the world's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and ranks 13th among the largest emitting countries, they are a global leader in combating climate change. In 2009, Mexico adopted an economy-wide strategy aimed at reducing 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 and 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 U.S. government programs, and more than 105 organizations now have improved capacity to address climate change as a result of U.S. government assistance.
  • An additional 24 global climate change tools, technologies and methodologies were developed, tested, and adopted as a result of U.S. government 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, over 800 jobs, and 27 patent and intellectual property filings.

Last updated: September 22, 2014

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