Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Mexico: First Developing Country to Enact Legislation Against Climate Change

In early June, President Felipe Calderon signed a law introducing climate change legislation. The bill was passed by a unanimous vote in the Senate back in April. This demonstrates an overwhelming consensus on climate change.

The law outlines several goals focussing on reducing the rate of greenhouse gas emissions and increasing the use of renewable energy. By 2024, 35% of Mexico's energy will need to be generated from renewable resources. In addition, government buidlings will be mandated to use renewable energy.The rate of greenhouse gas reduction is 30% by 2020 and 50% by 2050.

The legislation is impressive for a developing country, especially a country that depends heavily on its oil exports. Most countries in this position fight climate change initiatives as they believe it will damage their oil economy. Mexico is leading the way for developing nations in climate change legislation.

Angelica Oman
Graduate Program Assistant

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