CEDAN Conference On Cross-Border Climate Policy

Monday and Tuesday of this week, I attended a workshop on cross-border climate policy between Canada, Mexico, and the U.S., at the Tecnológico de Monterrey’s campus in Mexico City (map).  The  conference was hosted by one of Tec.’s policy research groups, called CEDAN, or el Centro de Diálogo y Análisis sobre América del Norte.

I have a tough time gauging attendance at the workshop, mostly because I don’t know what organizers were planning for.  However, those that did attend represented many of the climate change-planning organizations in México, including senior policy-makers from the mayor’s office, the sub-directors of federal institutions such as CTS (Centro de Transport Sustentable), SEMARNAT (Secretaria de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales), and INE (Instituto Nacional de Ecología), directors of NAFTA-sponsored environmental policy groups (COCEF, CEC), and professors from universities in Canada, the U.S., and México.  Attendees were very knowledgeable and the presentations were informative.  The opening press conference of the event even brought out the mayor de la Ciudad de México, Marcelo Ebrard.

Considering that this event was on climate policy, however, noticeably absent were representatives from Mexico’s industrial sector.  As far as I could tell, neither PEMEX nor CEMEX, the oil and cement monopolies, nor any of the other major (electricity, mining, agriculture, tourism) or minor industries sent representatives.  More disappointing was that institutions such as SEMARNAT, which are responsible for outlining México’s national climate change strategy, including Mexico’s pledge at Poznan to reduce emissions to half of 2002 levels by 2050, seemed more interested in appearing, rather than participating.  

From my perspective, the conference was successful and beneficial for groups that attended and participated, even if only for the point of making contacts.  I won’t speculate here about the forces that will come into play to drive México’s climate policy in the next few years, but one would figure that this was a missed opportunity for many of these groups that did not.

 

México, D.F.

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  1. […] government tasked with developing Mexican climate change policy, made a brief appearance at the CEDAN conference in January, they were absent […]

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