SACRAMENTO – Following ambitious commitments by both governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, California and Mexico environmental officials today announced a Joint Action Plan that will direct the work of their cooperative agreement to combat climate change.
“California is committed to achieving the goals of our agreement with Mexico,” said California Secretary for Environmental Protection Matthew Rodriquez. “The Joint Action Plan outlines the specific steps that we will take to ensure our partnership delivers tangible results and protects public health and natural resources while investing in a clean economy on both sides of the border.”
The plan comes a day after Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued an executive order establishing an aggressive target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in California to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. Last month, Mexico became the first emerging economy to commit to reducing emissions in the post-2020 time frame, demonstrating critical leadership in the lead-up to U.N. climate negotiations later this year.
“By implementing the actions in this plan, we will increase collaboration across the border, integrating and harmonizing our processes and standards to support a high-efficiency energy system, clean vehicles and healthy ecosystems,” said Mexico’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Undersecretary Rodolfo Lacy. “By reaching our goals, we will increase low carbon development in Mexico and California.”
The Joint Action Plan, announced at the Navigating the American Carbon World conference in Los Angeles, includes:
• Developing rigorous monitoring, reporting and verifying of greenhouse gas emissions to support carbon pricing or regulatory mechanisms
• Strengthening air monitoring and emissions reporting along the border to support air quality planning and pollution mitigation efforts
• Updating Mexican vehicle emission standards for greenhouse gases and smog pollution
• Trainings for wildfire suppression and forest health management methods.
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