Last Tuesday, October 27th, 2020, the Ministry of Environment of the Mexican State of Puebla and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in Mexico, through the German-Mexican Energy Partnership (EP), Support to the Energy Transition (TrEM), Low Carbon Finance and Investment for Cities (FELICITY) and the Enhancing the Coherence of Climate and Energy Policies in Mexico (CONECC) programs, hosted the first webinar of the Regional Virtual Forum “Worldwide Energy Transition Trends towards Climate Change: Subnational Level Actions”.
The event gathered representatives from the Mexican Federal Government, the German Embassy in Mexico and the Government of Puebla to discuss the role and relevance of subnational level governments in the global-local Energiewende, the international commitments designed to fight climate change and the dialogue and best practices exchange in the energy and climate change fields.
In her opening remarks, Environment Minister Beatriz Manrique, from the Government of Puebla, reflected on the global need to foster local innovative sustainability initiatives. She also pointed out the relevance of international cooperation towards the energy sector transformation and the fight against climate change.
Mr. Ronald Münch, Head of the Economics and Global Affairs Section from the German Embassy in Mexico, highlighted the strong friendship and cooperation bonds between Mexico and Germany. He also mentioned the significant role of Mexico and its Federal and Local authorities, in the global energy transition and the reduction of GHG emissions.
During the event, speakers from the Environment Ministry of the Mexican Federal Government, the German Embassy in Mexico, the newly created Energy Agency of the Government of Puebla and the GIZ in Mexico, invited the audience to rethink the role of Mexican local authorities in the energy transition and their actions regarding climate change.
The first webinar of the Regional Virtual Forum series helped fostering the generation and exchange of knowledge and best practices on energy, energy transition, environment and climate change. It also represented an ideal stage to reflect on the international role of Mexico as a key actor in all of the above-mentioned topics.
Next webinars on the series will focus on environment, social and economic co-benefits from the energy transition and the role of local governments in the energy sector transformation.
Contac: William Jensen (William.jensen(at)giz.de)