Federal Mexican government official elected to Climate Action Reserve Board of Directors

April 30, 2009

New seat adds international influence in development of the Reserve and its protocols, projects

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Climate Action Reserve, a private nonprofit organization working to ensure environmental benefit, integrity and progressive movement in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions and policies, announced Adrián Fernández Bremauntz, President of the National Institute of Ecology (INE) in Mexico, was elected to the organization’s Board of Directors. His participation adds an international influence to the future development of the Climate Action Reserve and an invaluable resource to advise on the environmental benefit the Reserve’s protocols and projects could provide in Mexico.

Dr. Fernández has an extensive and distinguished career in environmental protection in Mexico and abroad. Since 1995, he has served in senior positions at the Mexican Environment Secretariat, including General Director for Environmental Management and Information (1995-2000) and General Director for Research on Urban, Regional and Global Pollution (2001-2005). He also was a member of the Bureau for Latin America at the Commission for Sustainable Development. For many years, he represented Mexico at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Environmental Performance of Countries work group, and he is now a member of the Climate Change Annex I Expert Group also at the OECD. His Climate Change team at INE is responsible for preparing Mexico´s National Greenhouse Gases Inventories and National Communications that are submitted to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change.

In March 2005, Dr. Fernández was appointed President of the National Institute of Ecology, the research and think tank agency within the Environment Secretariat in Mexico, and he reports directly to Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada, Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources. He has a B.S. in Biology in Mexico and Masters Degree and a PhD from Imperial College in the UK.

“We are extremely honored and pleased to have a person of Dr. Fernández’s expertise and standing elected to the Climate Action Reserve Board of Directors. His distinguished career, knowledge of environmental protection and experience with Mexican and global environmental issues will greatly enrich the Board’s ability to guide the Climate Action Reserve in its mission and addressing the global issue of climate change. As we look immediately at the environmental benefit of expanding the Reserve’s protocols and projects into Mexico, we could not have better counsel than that of Dr. Fernández,” said Linda Adams, Secretary, California Environmental Protection Agency and Chair of the Climate Action Reserve.

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