At the opening of the 15-01 session of the Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), entitled “Green Growth and Sustainable Competitiveness in North America”, Mexico’s minister of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), Juan José Guerra Abud, pointed out that, in coordination with the US and Canadian ministers, and the JPAC, work was underway to define public policies to guarantee sustainable economic development and improved living conditions throughout the region. The minister said that an increasing number of countries were becoming vulnerable to climate change, making it urgently necessary to work in coordination to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
He availed of the the occasion to provide information on the commitments to mitigation and adaptation to climate change submitted by Mexico to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which sets out an unconditional reduction of 25% in GHG emissions and a 51% reduction in black carbon/soot emissions by 2030.
The issues covered over the two days of the session included climate change, and sustainable water and energy. The Director of the CEC emphasised that these areas had an enormous impact on the productive sector and that it was essential to implement strategies to promote the sustainable management of natural resources and the use of new technologies associated with such resources.