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Assessment on Mexico City’s Climate Action Program -2012

2012

Abstract

As a result of implementing its 2008-2012 Climate Action Program (PACCM acronym in Spanish), Mexico City reduced its emissions of greenhouse gases by 4.5% with regards to its trend line, thereby neutralizing the expected growth of emissions for 2012. The program was executed properly, because out of all the measures initially proposed, 85% were implemented and 74% of them quantifi ed their progress. However, a lack of institutionalization was detected, which threatens the continuity of these actions during subsequent administrations.

In Latin America, the PACCM is the first Local Climate Action Program to carry out an external evaluation to grade its performance and emission reduction levels. While the overall results are favorable, it is recommended that the next government administration strengthens their diagnostic tools, prioritizes resources in strategic actions and strengthens its monitoring and tracking mechanisms. To consolidate and institutionalize Mexico City’s climate strategy, it will be necessary to establish labeled budget allocations, invest in infrastructure and appoint dedicated personnel in each of the local government branches.

As part of the 2008-2012 PACCM evaluation, the Mario Molina Center and the Mexico Competitiveness Program of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) developed a tracking software tool that will allow managing and ensuring quality data reported by each of the agencies responsible in PACCM’s implementation. A third product of the project has been the development of a methodological guide for the evaluation of local governments’ climate action programs, which outlines the criteria that should govern the design stages, monitoring, reporting and veri fication assessment of a Climate Action Program.

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MARIO MOLINA CENTER FOR STRATEGIC STUDIES ON ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
CDMX