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US to invest $24,000 million in Mexico’s cities and fight against climate change

Axis through which investment in consultancy, study or training will be made: 1. Adoption of energy efficiency pathways towards net zero emission buildings. 2. To accelerate the transition towards a uniform urban transport system and zero emissions. 3. Reduce short-lived climate pollutants in industrial and waste areas 4. Improve governance and municipal finance.

Some of the actions in these four axes include supporting the transition to more efficient means of transport and with lower emissions, improving emissions reduction in vehicles, transparent green finance, improving management of procurement, as well as activities to limit emissions. involves evaluation. Living climate pollutants.

“$24 million is an estimated amount for five years. The way we are going to use them is in the four objectives presented, which are energy efficiency in buildings, energy efficiency in the transportation sector, short-lived climate pollutants, basically metals and black carbon and the fourth area is climate financing for municipalities”, explained Gerardo Arroyo, USAID environmental finance team leader in Mexico.

United States Ambassador to Mexico Ken Salazar said that combating climate change is a priority for the Joe Biden administration.

“In the fight against climate change, as President Joe Biden says, there are always great opportunities, it should be viewed as a bigger problem,” he said.

Five cities receiving USAID support are already taking concrete action against climate change.

Laura Ballesteros from Monterrey’s municipal government assures that there is no more important battle for humanity than climate change, which must be carried out by local governments.

In Monterrey, he explained, a roadmap was launched to deal with the problem, which includes the following measures:

Park and Green Corridor.

Decarbonize the region by 2050.

– rain water harvesting.

Marina Robles, Mexico City’s environment secretary, recalled that years ago the country’s capital was considered one of the most polluted, however, this reality has been debunked.

To do this, the head of government of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, opted for a seven-axis environmental program that included:

Solar City so that the capital runs on clean energy.

Comprehensive water management including protection of rivers.

Protection of green areas.

-Zero waste in which waste is reused and recycled.

The five cities will not receive cash and USAID’s support and cooperation will be subject to compliance with the Alliance’s four axes.

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