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Mexico hosts Green Solutions international sustainability conference

carbon creditAs Mexico’s year-long presidency of the 16th edition of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP16) drew to a close, ProMéxico hosted the Green Solutions conference and exposition November 23 – 25, 2011 in Mexico City.   The event consisted principally of three days of panel discussions on public policy related to climate change, amidst an exposition area featuring innovative products and services aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and overall depletion the world’s natural resources.   The first edition of the Green Solutions conference took place during the COP16 international conference held in Cancun one year ago.

The conference provided an excellent opportunity for those involved or interested in climate change mitigation to exchange perspectives on the outlook for greenhouse gas reduction and learn about projects and initiatives taking place in various parts of the world.  With the COP17 conference kicking off in Durban, South Africa today, at the forefront of discussion is the question of what will happen once the Kyoto Protocol expires at the end of 2012.  The agreement currently establishes ostensibly binding greenhouse gas reduction targets for participating developed nations, and key signatories such as Japan, Russia and Canada are showing little enthusiasm for re-upping once the current period concludes.   Continue reading Mexico hosts Green Solutions international sustainability conference

Marcelo Ebrard, COP16 and the 2012 presidential election

Marcelo Ebrard
Marcelo Ebrard

Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard must be feeling pretty large right now.  The Local and Regional Leaders World Summit 2010, which Ebrard hosted here in Mexico City, wrapped last week with a pact to reduce urban emissions signed by 138 mayors from around the world.  He may now rub his hands with glee for a few days before packing off to the 16th Conference of the Parties on Climate Change (COP16), another international environmental summit to be held in Cancun, Mexico, beginning November 29.

Mr. Ebrard is gearing up for a run at the Mexican presidency in 2012, and his roles in these high profile international events fit perfectly into a subtle presidential campaign he has been implementing in careful steps for years now.  Continue reading Marcelo Ebrard, COP16 and the 2012 presidential election