Building Capacity and Stakeholder Engagement for the Mexican Emissions Trading Pilot Program

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The Mexican ETS recently began its pilot phase, which will run from 2020 to 2022. This phase aims to enhance the quality of emissions data and build capacity in emissions trading for covered entities, ultimately improving the design of the operational period of the ETS, which will commence in 2023. As a result, the pilot represents a timely opportunity to develop stakeholders’ capacities to participate in emissions trading and to address their concerns and doubts regarding the functioning of the scheme, as well as its expected outcomes.

In this context, Climate Focus, McAllister Opinion Research, adelphi and Kanji have been comissioned by the World Bank and by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources in Mexico to design a stakeholder engagement, capacity building and communications strategy for the pilot phase of the Mexico ETS. This strategy will contribute toward achieving broad buy-in for the ETS while ensuring that relevant actors are well-informed and have the capacities to effectively participate in the implementation of the scheme.

adelphi was leading the development of the capacity building component of the strategy. Using its extensive experience on emissions trading and on capacity building and taking into account key lessons learned from previous capacity building activities, adelphi identified the capacity needs and gaps of different stakeholders in the Mexican context, segmented in various stakeholder groups, to then provide concrete steps for addressing those knowledge gaps both for the pilot phase and for the operational phase of the ETS.