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Mexico climate law passes Senate

20 April 2012

WWF-UK today said that the approval of a climate law by the Mexican Senate put the nation at the heart of a small group of innovative countries that are taking firm action against climate change.

The unanimous vote of 78 in favour and none against the new law makes Mexico, the UK and Scotland the only three nations to have enacted ambitious and comprehensive approaches to climate change legislation - although others, such as Denmark and Norway, are aiming to follow suit.

The new law commits Mexico to cutting its emissions by 50% by 2050 with international support, generating 35% of electricity from clean sources by 2024, making renewables economically competitive, and to a phasing-out of fossil subsidies.

Keith Allott, head of climate change, WWF-UK said: “This news from Mexico shows once again the global significance of the UK and Scottish Climate Change Acts. The UK has taken a bold lead on this issue and other countries are now following us, so it is worrying that the UK Government is wobbling on its own climate commitments. Next week, David Cameron must use his first speech on the environment as Prime Minister to steady the ship and ensure that the UK embraces its huge potential to save energy and develop new, clean renewable energy sources.” [1]

New law covers deforestation, livelihoods

Another key aspect of the Law is its consideration of emissions from deforestation and degradation - the third largest source of greenhouse emissions in the country - and mandating incentives that could improve the conditions of 12 million people living in forested areas across Mexico.

The law covers the adaptation of people and ecosystems to climate change, the role natural infrastructure plays in conservation, and seeks to preserve ecosystems as a way to reduce the vulnerability of people to the impacts of climate change.

Vanessa Pérez-Cirera, climate director at WWF-Mexico, said: "We are proud of Mexico's legislators from all political parties that looked beyond their party’s interests into the common interest of the Mexicans and Mexico's responsibilities to the world. In the coming six months, legislators must work hard to ensure the most robust regulation for the adequate implementation of the Law. WWF is ready to provide support in this endeavour."

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Notes to editors

1. The third Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM3) will take place in London on 25–26 April 2012, during which David Cameron will deliver his first major speech on the environment since becoming Prime Minister: http://www.cleanenergyministerial.org/events/cem3/

For further information, please contact:

George Smeeton, senior press officer, WWF-UK, +44 (0)1483 412 388, m: 07917 052 948, GSmeeton@wwf.org.uk

Jatziri Perez, communications director, WWF Mexico: +52 15526990591, jperez@wwfmex.org  

Jenny Zapata, communications officer, WWF Mexico: + 52 5552865631 ext. 210, jzapata@wwfmex.org  

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