Rodolfo Lacy Tamayo
Vice Minister for Environmental Policy and Planning of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources
As the Vice Minister for Environmental Policy and Planning of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Rodolfo Lacy Tamayo oversees the development of environmental government actions through policy and planning. He worked for 8 years as director of Programs and Projects at the Mario Molina Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, leading different projects related to renewable energy, emission inventory, climate change, and sustainable use of natural resources. He is Mexico’s principal negotiator on Climate Change issues.
Climate Program Advocate
Amparo Martínez Arroyo
General Director of the National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change
Amparo Martínez Arroyo is a full-time researcher and head of the Department of Aerosols at the Atmospheric Science Center of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. As an expert in environmental problem analysis and science-society relations, she has been invited to collaborate in several public management projects, like the construction of a network of North American Natural Protected Areas facing Climate Change. She also led the Climate Change related programs on the 2012 national survey for the Citizen’s Agenda on Science, Technology and Innovation. Before taking office as the Director of the National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change in 2013, she was a member of the Climate Change Council, a permanent administrative unit that advises the federal government on Climate Change.
Climate Program Opponent
Pedro Joaquín Coldwell
Minister of Energy
Officially, Mr. Joaquín Coldwell supports the Paris Agreement as well as Mexico’s intended goals towards more efficient and renewable energies. However, the actions taken by his Ministry are generally more inclined toward the support of fossil fuels. This year the Ministry of Energy has been bidding the access to deepwater excavations by national and international private companies. The Ministry expects investments of 50 billion US dollars for the new deepwater sites for the period of 2015-2019, while only expecting 14 billion in the case of renewable energies. The Ministry, through its National Hydrocarbons branch, has allowed the development of fracking sites for a 25-year period.
Mr. Joaquín Coldwell is also Chairman of the Board at Petróleos Mexicanos S.A. de C.V. and the Federal Electricity Commission. In addition, his family owns several businesses dedicated to the distribution of gasoline.