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Living better and saving energy

Energy-efficient housing and emission reduction in Mexico's transport sector

EcoCasas in Mexico

Half a million new housing units are built in Mexico every year; eight per cent of the population work in the construction industry. Energy consumption is rising steadily, with private households accounting for around 17 per cent of total usage. This makes energy-efficient housing construction particularly important.

The Mexican social housing development bank has launched the EcoCasa programme, which it is implementing with the Inter-American Development Bank and German development cooperation. For the first time, a variety of international funds – including the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) and the European Commission’s Latin American Investment Facility (LAIF) – are putting up funding in a combined approach. Germany has provided a total of 200 million euros in low-interest loans and investment subsidies since 2013.

Green housing

The programme will run until 2022 and will mobilise about half a billion US dollars of private investment. More than 36,000 energy-efficient homes and 600 passive houses have already been financed for more than 100,000 Mexicans in all four climatic zones of the country. These 'eco-friendly homes' use on average about 20 per cent less energy than conventional buildings. In consequence, EcoCasa will save around one million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions over the entire lifecycle of the houses. The programme is also improving the lives of many Mexicans, who can now enjoy better-quality housing. It is also helping to establish new environmentally friendly and energy-efficient standards in housing construction which are to become a benchmark for the Mexican housing market in the future.


Together with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Germany is supporting a sustainable transport project in Mexico City via the C40 Cities Finance Facility (CFF). The aim of the project is to replace minibuses with high emissions by at least 100 electrical busses along the Eje 8 Sur corridor. It is expected that this will save at least 70,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions a year. The purpose of the CFF is to help cities develop bankable project proposals for reducing urban greenhouse gas emissions and strengthening the cities' resilience in the face of climate change.

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