Mexico will host the next Solar World Congress in Cancun. The last of these events was held in Germany this year and had an audience of over two thousand people in the European Union, Asia, United States, so this is the first occasion that takes place in Latin America.
“Although we in developing countries we are not left behind, we are developing a lot of renewable energy, which is coupled to the mitigation of greenhouse gases, which, come together within the goals of the National Program of Climate Change , “said Secretary of dissemination of the National Association of Solar Energy (ANES), José Celis. He said laws in the country have advanced considerably from 10 years to date, to the extent that there are programs so that citizens can invest in renewable energy and tax deductible.
He stated that companies must submit environmental impact statement before the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) for approval of any project, what he considered a breakthrough in the country.
“Also, the Federal Government’s policy states that we have priority projects that are using the Clean Development Mechanism, developed countries like the European Union, Japan, among others, can make investment projects in Mexico to mitigate greenhouse greenhouse effect and give financial and technological and economic support to carry them out, “he said.
“The barriers we see today are not like we saw 10 years ago for lack of money, lack of a structured policy,” he said. Celis said that there are mechanisms and government support, so now needed is to raise awareness about the environmental cost of burning oil, which is not reflected in what you pay for the electricity bill, a social cost as a country is paying.
The challenge for Mexico is to incorporate environmental issues for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the mood to tackle climate change and develop a financial market that provides credit to implement programs to minimize the impact to the environment.
The representative of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Mexico and head of the Regional Office for Central America and the Caribbean, Kai Bethke, acknowledged that the Mexican banking sector is still not sufficiently developed to provide credit to smaller companies.
“In Mexico there is a lot of technology, but we need increased participation of Small and Medium Enterprises and poke them with incentives to implement this environmental approach,” he added.