CDMX will receive UK support to reduce carbon emissions

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In the framework of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP26), held last week, the United Kingdom announced the launch of the Urban Climate Action Program (UCAP) that will benefit Mexico City to reduce and increase carbon emissions sustainably.

The foregoing was confirmed by the head of the government of the Mexican capital, Claudia Sheinbaum, who highlighted that the European country has recognized the Environment and Climate Change Program 2019-2024 that is currently being implemented at CDMX.

“We have received various international support, we work with different organizations in cities and also with countries, especially in the C40 and in this case we support entities or cities in the world that have climate change programmes. So it is an acknowledgment of the Mexico City climate change programme.

At a press conference, the president of the capital said that the goal of her administration is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least ten percent, and stressed that so far, half of what has been programmed and committed to 2024 is being implemented.

(Photo: Isaac Esquivel/Cuartoscuro)
(Photo: Isaac Esquivel/Cuartoscuro)

The mayor noted that there are seven themes contemplated in the Mexico City Environmental Program 2019-2024: revegetation: the countryside and the city; saving rivers and bodies of water; sustainable water management; “Do not roar”; integrated and sustainable mobility; improve air quality; And the “solar city”.

“The specifics already identified, how much resources they will provide and where they will be directed, and in particular what the investment is and what the city needs in the face of such significant support, we will report in due course,” the local chief promised.

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During the Cities, Territories and the Built Environment event held in the UK, the Environment Minister (Sedema) shared a video of the Urban Climate Action Program jointly with Cities for Climate (C40) and the German Agency for Development Cooperation (GIZ).

The UCAP support is part of the UK’s international climate finance, which is £27.5 million (just over 758 million pesos), whose resources will be distributed and will provide technical assistance to 15 cities that have already aligned their efforts with the Paris Agreement. , by publishing and verifying Local Climate Action Plans (PACs), among which: Mexico City, Guadalajara, Bogota, Medellin, Lima in Latin America; As well as other major cities in Africa and Southeast Asia.

(Photo: EFE) Alok Sharma (centre), President of COP26 this Saturday in Glasgow, UK
(Photo: EFE) Alok Sharma (centre), President of COP26 this Saturday in Glasgow, UK

With the resources that cities will receive, it will be possible to follow the ongoing actions so that megacities can develop low-emission public transport systems, generate renewable energy, manage waste in a sustainable way, and construct new, smart buildings. Building codes. and planning for climate risks.

Through a prospectus, the Mexico City administration has made it clear that this funding will not reach the cities directly, but will contribute to paying for the actions that are being implemented (technical assistance, training, review of standards, development of methodologies and measurement systems and verification of results). Depending on your application, the program may receive a second portfolio of UK funding.

He also stressed that the economic support that each city will receive will be reported in the coming days.

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