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Case study: Developing a pathway to decarbonisation in Querétaro, Mexico

24 March 2021, 13:39 GMT

Since 2018, Querétaro, Mexico, has been taking part in the Climate Pathway Project alongside five other Latin American states from across Brazil, Mexico and Peru.

The project supports state and regional governments to develop a transformational process, or ‘pathway’, to reducing emissions while supporting economic and social development, in collaboration with local communities and businesses.

In 2019, Milimer Morgado, Senior Manager of Climate Transparency and Pathways at the Climate Group, had the opportunity to interview Ricardo Javier Torres Hernández, Undersecretary of Environment at the Secretariat of Sustainable Development for the State of Querétaro, Mexico. Ricardo leads the implementation of environmental and climate change policies, including the Climate Pathway Project, in the Executive Branch of the State of Querétaro.

Through the project, Querétaro has set out a vision for decarbonisation – which includes targets of 27% emissions reduction by 2030 and 65% emissions reduction by 2050 (compared to 2015 levels) – as well as selected the priority actions needed across sectors to meet its goals.

With the energy, industry and transport sectors as the main contributors to the state’s emissions, determining priority actions across these areas was key. Some of Querétaro’s areas of focus will include:

  • Implementation of solar energy at scale for public services
  • Production of renewable electricity and heating at industrial sites
  • Increasing vehicle electrification and improving urban planning

"The important thing is that citizens are truly convinced that the decarbonisation of the economy is both necessary and increasingly urgent for the long-term sustainability, not only of Querétaro, but of Mexico and the whole world.”

Ricardo Javier Torres Hernández

As co-chair of the Under2 Coalition, the leadership shown by Querétaro helps inspire states and regions around the world to take action on climate change. 

To find out more about Querétaro’s pathway to decarbonisation download the full case study below, which was developed as part of the Climate Pathway Project, in English, Español or Português.

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Developing a pathway to decarbonisation in Querétaro.pdf

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Desenvolvendo uma trajetória de descarbonização em Querétaro.pdf

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Desarrollando una trayectoria de descarbonización en Querétaro.pdf

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