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Mexico: cooperation in action Living better while using less energy: energy-efficient construction and emissions reduction in Mexico

Half a million new housing units are being built in Mexico every year and eight per cent of the population is employed in the construction industry. The country’s 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.

In collaboration with the inter-American development bank Sociedad Hipotecaria Federal (SHF), German development cooperation support is being provided for the Mexican development bank’s EcoCasa housing development programme. Funding resources are being provided, inter alia, from the Clean Technology Fund (External link) (CTF) and the European Commission’s Latin America Investment Facility (LAIF). Germany has so far provided over 200 million euros in low-interest loans and investment subsidies via KfW since 2013.

Green housing

EcoCasas in Mexico

EcoCasas in Mexico

EcoCasas in Mexico

The programme will run until 2022 and will mobilise about half a billion US dollars in private investments. So far, more than 60,000 energy-efficient homes for more than 240,000 Mexicans have been financed in all four of the country’s climatic zones. On average, these "eco-friendly homes" use about 20 per cent less energy than conventional buildings. Some of the green houses even manage savings of up to 40 per cent.

Consequently, over the entire life cycle of the houses, EcoCasa will save more than one million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions. At the same time, the programme is improving the lives of many people, who are now able to enjoy better-quality housing. It is also helping to establish new standards for environmental protection and energy efficiency in housing construction, which are intended to be benchmarks for the Mexican housing market in the future.

Electric mobility and low-emission vehicles

Electric taxis at a charging station in Mexico City, Mexico

Electric taxis at a charging station in Mexico City, Mexico

Electric taxis at a charging station in Mexico City, Mexico

In addition, Germany is using its development cooperation programmes to support the C40 Cities Finance Facility (External link) (CFF) jointly with the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation. The goal of the CFF is for cities to develop bankable infrastructure projects for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and strengthening their resilience in the face of climate change on their own.

In order to push forward the use of electric vehicles in Mexico by introducing more electric buses, the CFF is supporting an exchange of experience between Guadalajara, Monterrey, Hermosillo and other cities. This support is intended to promote the further electrification of public transport so that, in future, rapid transit bus networks covering more than 120 kilometres of routes altogether can be operated using buses that run on electricity. For this expansion the CFF is relying, among other things, on experience gained in Mexico City. The size of the cities – with more than 29 million inhabitants in total – means that significant savings in greenhouse gas emissions are possible: estimates indicate potential savings of about 150,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide. That is equivalent to the annual emissions of around 31,000 cars.

Colorful houses in a suburb of Mexico City

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German development cooperation with Mexico

It is currently not yet possible to use electric vehicles to transport goods by road in Mexico. However, emissions have still been significantly reduced by replacing old lorries, some of which were as many as 40 years old, with new vehicles that produce far lower emissions. In collaboration with the Mexican development bank Nacional Financiera a German development cooperation measure is currently supporting preparations to replace the fleet of lorries used to transport goods by road with electric vehicles; this will enable savings of 120,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year to be made.