Advancing Offsets in Mexico

The Reserve is the largest, most respected registry in North America with five protocols applicable for use in Mexico. Carbon offset credits registered under these protocols are issued as Climate Reserve Tonnes (CRTs) and may be transacted for voluntary purposes in Mexico, North America, and globally.

Climate Action Reserve protocols currently available for use in Mexico include:

Protocol and Link to Further Information Current Version Adoption Date
Boiler Efficiency November 1, 2016
Forest January 18, 2017
Landfill September 13, 2011
Livestock September 29, 2010
Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) April 28, 2015

Please contact the Reserve’s Mexico Team at [email protected] with questions or comments.

Reserve’s History in Mexico

The Climate Action Reserve has expanded its programs and focus to support offset protocols and the development of a voluntary carbon market in Mexico over a decade.

  • 2008: Reserve signed an MOU with Mexico’s six border states, CA and PG&E to develop quantification and verification protocols for GHG reduction projects in Mexico
  • 2009: Reserve adopted its first two protocols for Mexico, the Mexico Landfill Project Reporting Protocol, V1.0 and the Mexico Livestock Project Reporting Protocol, V1.0
  • 2010: Reserve adopted V2.0 of the Mexico Livestock Project Protocol
  • 2010: First Mexico landfill project was listed
  • 2010: First Mexico livestock project was listed
  • 2011: Reserve adopted V1.1 of the Mexico Landfill Project Protocol
  • 2013: Reserve adopted the Mexico Forest Protocol V1.0
  • 2015: Reserve adopted the Mexico Ozone Depleting Substances Project Protocol, V1.0
  • 2016: Reserve released V1.1-1.3 of the Mexico Forest Protocol
  • 2016: Reserve hosted trainings to verification bodies on the Mexico Forest Protocol and the Reserve General Project Verification requirements
  • 2016: Reserve adopted the Mexico Boiler Efficiency Project Protocol, V1.0
  • 2016: Reserve hosted webinars to potential project developers on the Mexico Forest, Boiler Efficiency and Ozone Depleting Substances protocols
  • 2017: Reserve released V1.4 of the Mexico Forest Protocol
  • 2017: First Mexico forest project was listed (pilot project in Oaxaca)
  • 2017: Mexico Forest Pilot Project in Oaxaca issued first credits

The Reserve continues to support the development and use of offsets in Mexico, both in its voluntary market and any future compliance markets.

Mexico Climate Policy Highlights

  • General Law on Climate Change (LGCC)
    • Passed in 2012 by the Mexican Congress
    • Establishes a number of clean energy goals and public policy instruments, such as the mandatory GHG reporting system, or the National Emission Register (RENE)
  • Tax on Fossil Fuels
    • Passed by the Mexican Congress in 2013 as part of the fiscal reform package
    • The tax allows emitters to use carbon offset credits generated from Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects, known as Certified Emissions Reductions (CER), to help meet the fossil fuel tax liabilities, though the rules for applying CERs have not yet been developed
  • Emissions Trading Scheme
    • SEMARNAT announced plans for an ETS simulation in 2016 in collaboration with the voluntary platform MexiCO2
    • Over 80 voluntary companies are positioned to participate in the online simulation, which will allow for the trading of allowances and offsets
    • The simulation is intended to build capacity and prepare both private and public actors for the development of an official ETS reportedly in 2018

Approved Verification Bodies for Mexico

Per the Reserve’s Verification Program Manual, verification bodies must be accredited to ISO 14065:2013 by an International Accreditation Forum, Inc. body to perform verifications under the Reserve offset program. The Reserve works with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to accredit verification bodies under its program. It is also working with the Mexican Accreditation Entity (Entidad Mexicana de Acreditación A.C. or EMA) to accredit verification bodies to support the Mexico Forest Protocol under a pilot program. Following is a list of verification bodies currently approved to verify Mexico offset projects submitted to the Reserve.

Protocol Approved Verification Bodies Address Contact
Mexico Boiler Efficiency None currently trained
Mexico Forest Asociación de Normalización y Certificación, A.C.
www.ance.org.mx
Av. Lázaro Cárdenas 869, Nueva Industrial Vallejo, Ciudad de México, C.P. 07700, México Alberto J. Ramírez Reyes
+52 (55) 5747-4550 Ext. 4725
[email protected]
Mexico Landfill First Environment, Inc
www.firstenvironment.com/
91 Fulton Street
Boonton, NJ 07005
Michael Carim
(626) 529-3089
[email protected]
NSF International
www.nsf.org
Southern California Sales Office
9191 Towne Centre Drive Suite 510
San Diego, CA 92122
Daniel Freeman
(734) 214-6228
[email protected]
Ruby Canyon Engineering
www.rubycanyoneng.com
743 Horizon Court Suite 385
Grand Junction, CO 81506
Michael Cote
(970) 241-9298
[email protected]
SCS Global Services
www.scsglobalservices.com
2000 Powell Street, Suite 2000
Emeryville, CA 94608
Tiffany Mayville
(510) 452-6815
[email protected]
Mexico Livestock First Environment, Inc
www.firstenvironment.com/
91 Fulton Street
Boonton, NJ 07005
Michael Carim
(626) 529-3089
[email protected]
NSF International
www.nsf.org
Southern California Sales Office
9191 Towne Centre Drive Suite 510
San Diego, CA 92122
Daniel Freeman
(734) 214-6228
[email protected]
Ruby Canyon Engineering
www.rubycanyoneng.com
743 Horizon Court Suite 385
Grand Junction, CO 81506
Michael Cote
(970) 241-9298
[email protected]
SCS Global Services
www.scsglobalservices.com
2000 Powell Street, Suite 2000
Emeryville, CA 94608
Tiffany Mayville
(510) 452-6815
[email protected]
Mexico ODS None currently trained

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