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Mexico joins UK with a pioneering climate law

13 April 2012

Mexico - the world’s 11th biggest economy, and also 11th biggest greenhouse gas emitter - has taken a really important step in the fight against climate change. Its House of Representatives has voted overwhelmingly in favour of legislation requiring the whole country to reduce carbon emissions 50% by 2050. Once it’s approved by the Senate, Mexico will be only the second country in the world, after the UK, to pass climate change legislation.

A view of the Rio Conchos in the dry season, Chihuahua, Mexico.

The Mexican government's important new rules to tackle climate change will involve phasing out fossil fuel subsidies, making renewable energy fully competitive with oil, gas and coal, and ensuring that 35% of Mexico's electricity will come from clean sources by 2024.

There will also be a strong focus on conserving Mexico's environment, and making sure there’s wide participation by its people.

Here's how WWF in Mexico announced the news...

As our own climate change team leader Keith Allott says: “This is great news. And it’s all the more significant because Mexico is set to become one of the world’s biggest economies - projected to be fifth largest in the world by 2050. But with around 40% of its people still living in poverty, Mexico’s government can see that ending poverty and growing the economy will be that much harder unless they cut greenhouse gas emissions and embrace renewable energy.

“This news also shows once again the global significance of the UK and Scottish Climate Change Acts - we’ve taken a bold lead that other countries are now following.

“David Cameron now needs to ensure that the UK act is implemented vigorously, and that we embrace the huge potential to save energy and develop new, clean renewable energy sources in the UK.”

We’re waiting with interest for the upcoming Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM3) event on 25-26 April, where David Cameron will make his first speech on the environment since becoming PM.

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