On September 2nd, 2021, in the margins of the second edition of the Climate Change Action Groups (GACC), the German-Mexican Energy Partnership (EP) moderated, together with the project Energy Transition Support Program in Mexico (TrEM), a round table entitled "Energy Transition Facing Climate Change: Actions at the Subnational Level".
The objective of this table was to address the experiences and results acquired from the activities developed at the subnational level with the Secretary of Ecology and Environment of the state of Quintana Roo and the Secretary of the Environment, Sustainable Development and Territorial Planning (SMADSOT) of the State of Puebla together with the German Cooperation for Sustainable Development in Mexico (GIZ) in the field of the energy transition.
On the one hand, the Secretary of Ecology and Environment, Efraín Villanueva Arcos presented the decarbonization trajectory of the state of Quintana Roo. To do this, he showed the development of the state's baseline; the selection of goals; the selection of priority actions and the evaluation of the impacts resulting from the implementation of the actions. Without forgetting that this process must contemplate the selection of strategic sectors and the comprehensive adoption of better measures that meet the needs of the state.
On the other hand, the vice-secretary of Environmental Management and Energy Sustainability, Santiago Creuheras presented the current outlook regarding the energy transition in the state of Puebla. Later, he presented the series of webinars of the Regional Virtual Forum, carried out with programs from GIZ in Mexico. And, finally, he showed the state´s strategy for Energy Efficiency and Transition to address the energy status by sector and the regional potential of renewable energy (wind, geothermal and solar) in his state.
To conclude, based on a series of questions, both representatives identified some important factors that make it possible to make an energy transition at the subnational level; such as, the political will on the part of the local authorities; awareness of the business sector; the strategic planning of planning instruments in matters of transition; and, international cooperation to continue building alliances that allow them to advance both in the actions undertaken with technical and financial cooperation, as well as the actions identified by state governments that encourage the participation of the public, private, social and academic sectors to promote the energy transition at the subnational level.
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Contact: William Jensen (william.jensen(at)giz.de)