Mexico: Model Community Climate Mitigation Programs


San Pedro Tlaquepaque, a municipality in the Guadalajara Metropolitan Area of Jalisco, Mexico, with a population of approximately 160,000, stands out as a local community actively engaged in climate mitigation efforts. The city has implemented various initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote sustainable practices across various sectors.

Energy Sector

  • Promoting Renewable Energy: San Pedro Tlaquepaque has transitioned to renewable energy sources for its public buildings, including schools, hospitals, and municipal offices, powered by solar and wind energy.
  • Enhancing Energy Efficiency: The city has implemented energy-efficient lighting systems in public spaces, replaced old appliances with energy-saving models, and encouraged energy conservation practices among residents.

Transportation Sector

  • Public Transportation Expansion: San Pedro Tlaquepaque has expanded its public transportation network, including bus routes and bike paths, to encourage residents to opt for sustainable transportation options.
  • Non-Motorized Zones: The city has introduced non-motorized zones in its historic center, prioritizing pedestrian and cyclist access to reduce vehicle emissions.
  • Promoting Sustainable Mobility: The city has implemented initiatives to promote sustainable mobility, such as carpooling programs, bike-sharing services, and electric vehicle charging stations.

Waste Management Sector

  • Waste Reduction and Recycling: San Pedro Tlaquepaque has implemented waste reduction and recycling programs to divert waste from landfills and promote resource recovery.
  • Composting Initiatives: The city has established composting centers to convert organic waste into nutrient-rich soil amendments, reducing greenhouse gas emissions from landfills.

Land Conservation and Forest Sequestration

  • Urban Reforestation: San Pedro Tlaquepaque has implemented a comprehensive urban reforestation program, planting trees in public spaces, streets, and residential areas to enhance carbon sequestration.
  • Protected Areas Management: The city actively manages and protects its natural areas, including forests and parks, to preserve carbon sinks and support biodiversity.

Climate Change Monitoring and Data

  • Emission Inventory: San Pedro Tlaquepaque has developed and regularly updates its greenhouse gas emission inventory to track progress and identify areas for further improvement.
  • Air Quality Monitoring: The city has established an air quality monitoring network to track pollution levels and inform mitigation strategies.
  • Data-Driven Decision Making: The city utilizes emission inventories and air quality monitoring data to inform policy decisions and prioritize climate action.

Organizations Leading Climate Mitigation Efforts

  • Government Agencies: The San Pedro Tlaquepaque municipality is central in coordinating and implementing climate mitigation initiatives.
  • Private Businesses: Local businesses have adopted sustainable practices, such as reducing waste generation and investing in renewable energy sources.
  • NGOs: Environmental organizations like the Center for Environmental Studies and Academic and Community Services actively engage in community education, advocacy, and project implementation.

San Pedro Tlaquepaque is an exemplary case of a local community demonstrating commitment to climate mitigation. Its multifaceted approach, encompassing various sectors and engaging diverse stakeholders, provides a roadmap for other communities to emulate. The city’s efforts to reduce emissions, promote sustainable practices, and monitor progress underscore its dedication to addressing climate change and building a more resilient future.

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard Mexico Country Manager Pablo Necoechea Porras.


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