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COBENEFITS Studies in Mexico

Increas­ing the Social Per­for­mance of Renew­able Ener­gy Projects for Com­mu­ni­ties in Mexico

Co-Ben­efi­cios: Con­tribu­ción de la Tran­si­ción Energéti­ca para el Desar­rol­lo Sostenible en Méx­i­co [Español]

Co-Ben­e­fits: How the Ener­gy Tran­si­tion con­tributes to Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment in Mex­i­co [Exec­u­tive Sum­ma­ry, English]


Main study results 

The stud­ies show how the imple­men­ta­tion of renew­able ener­gy resources can have a pos­i­tive impact on job cre­ation and ener­gy efficiency.

Job cre­ation
The use of renew­able ener­gies can lead to addi­tion­al employ­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties and capac­i­ty-build­ing. By ful­ly imple­ment­ing the objec­tives estab­lished in the Ener­gy Tran­si­tion Law, Mex­i­co will cre­ate more than 375,000 direct and indi­rect job-years by 2030 and more than 1 mil­lion direct and indi­rect job-years by 2050.

In the con­struc­tion phase, all renew­able ener­gy tech­nolo­gies out­per­form fos­sil ener­gy gen­er­a­tion tech­nolo­gies. Par­tic­u­lar­ly wind pow­er, with over 21 job-years per MW installed and pho­to­volta­ic dis­trib­uted gen­er­a­tion (PVDG) with around 9.5 job-years per MW installed, com­pared to 5.5 job-years for coal-fired and 1 job-year for gas-fired.

Ener­gy effi­cien­cy
Giv­en their sub­stan­tial poten­tial for the mit­i­ga­tion of green­house gas­es (GHG), pub­lic build­ings can play a sig­nif­i­cant role in the nation­al mit­i­ga­tion strat­e­gy. Pub­lic build­ings could become mod­els for ener­gy and cost sav­ings, moti­vat­ing fur­ther ini­tia­tives among pri­vate own­ers of build­ings. A sig­nif­i­cant reduc­tion in the car­bon foot­print of pub­lic build­ings is eco­nom­i­cal­ly viable. The total poten­tial for the mit­i­ga­tion of GHG in hos­pi­tals and pub­lic schools, based on the adap­ta­tion of ener­gy effi­cien­cy mea­sures com­bined with indi­vid­ual gen­er­a­tion of solar ener­gy, amounts to more than 1.8 mil­lion tCO2e per year.

Pub­lic hos­pi­tals in Mex­i­co can save more than 900 mil­lion pesos (US $47 mil­lion) a year by imple­ment­ing mid-lev­el ener­gy effi­cien­cy mea­sures such as motion detec­tors for light­ing, and increased use of sun­screens for build­ings in order to reduce the demand for cool­ing. Pub­lic schools in Mex­i­co could save more than 2 bil­lion pesos (105 mil­lion USD) a year by imple­ment­ing mid-lev­el ener­gy effi­cien­cy mea­sures such as motion detec­tors for light­ing, and high-effi­cien­cy air con­di­tion­ing systems.


COBENEFITS Mexico factsheets and briefings

COP26 brief­ing (2021)

Project brief­ing: Conectan­do co-ben­efi­cios a las pri­or­i­dades sociales, económi­cas y ambi­en­tales de Méx­i­co (2018)

COP brief­ing: Doc­u­men­to infor­ma­ti­vo de los avances de co-ben­efi­cios en la COP24 (2019)

Fact­sheet: Co-ben­e­fits of ener­gy effi­cien­cy and renew­able ener­gies for sus­tain­able devel­op­ment in Mex­i­co (2019)


COBENEFITS Focal Point in Mexico

The reports have been imple­ment­ed through the project CONECC: Enhanc­ing the Coher­ence of Cli­mate and Ener­gy Poli­cies in Mex­i­co of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Inter­na­tionale Zusam­me­nar­beit (GIZ) GmbH.

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