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29 October 2018
Although it has been only two months since Andrés Manuel López Obrador was named president elect, he has already published his environmental agenda, which sets out the objectives to be met and the strategies to be implemented during his six-year term from 2018 to 2024.
The key features of the new agenda are as follows:
This new environmental agenda is centered on a biocentric-focused social overhaul aimed at safeguarding the human right to a healthy environment – as recognised in the Constitution – through changes to the existing regulatory framework.
The main proposed regulatory changes are as follows:
The agenda confirms Mexico's involvement in the global effort to address climate change and global warming and aims to ensure that it meets its goals under the Paris Agreement, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the General Law on Climate Change (ie, a 25% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and a 50% reduction by 2050, as well as 35% of energy consumption coming from green sources by 2024). In addition, climate change adaptation policies can be expected, as Mexico is highly vulnerable to this global phenomenon.
Finally, the incoming administration plans to make several changes to the administrative structure of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) – Mexico's foremost environmental regulator. These include eliminating some departments and introducing new ones, along with the probable relocation of the central offices to a state other than Mexico City. Companies are advised that these administrative changes may disrupt SEMARNAT's ongoing and new evaluation procedure, causing delays in the issuance of authorisations and permits.
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