Mexico Halocarbon Protocol

The Mexico Halocarbon Protocol will provide guidance to quantify, report, and verify GHG emission reductions associated with the destruction of halocarbons sourced from Mexico and destroyed at facilities in Mexico.

The protocol is being adapted from the Reserve’s Mexico ODS Protocol Version 1.0. Because the new eligible gases being considered are not ODS, the protocol’s name was modified to use a title that encompasses all eligible refrigerants. Eligible refrigerants may include Chlorofluorcarbon-11 (CFC-11), CFC-12, CFC-113, CFC-114, Hydrochlorofluorocarbon-22 (HCFC-22), Hydrofluorocarbon-32 (HFC-32), HFC-125, HFC-134a, and HFC-143a. Eligible HCFC and HFC sources include stockpiles recovered before protocol adoption, refrigerant recovered from end-of-life equipment or retrofitted equipment, and leftover virgin refrigerant from recharge cylinders. Project developers may use default baseline scenarios and leak rates that simplify monitoring, reporting, and verification.

The draft protocol is now available for public review and comment. Please see the draft protocol and details about the comment period below. The protocol is expected to be presented to the Reserve Board of Directors in June 2021.

Public Comment Webinar

The Reserve hosted a webinar to discuss the draft protocol and solicit public comments. 

Mexico Halocarbon Protocol Public Comment Webinar
May 4, 2021
Meeting recording
Presentation slides

Public Comments

Public comments on the draft Mexico Halocarbon Protocol are due by close of business on Friday, May 14, 2021. Please submit comments in MS Word format to [email protected]. Staff will respond in writing to all submitted comments and will provide a summary document here along with the original received comments after the close of the comment period.

Workgroup and Stakeholder Participation

The Mexico Halocarbon Protocol is being developed through the Reserve’s transparent, multi-stakeholder workgroup process. The Reserve strives to create a well-balanced workgroup consisting of industry representatives, government bodies, academia, consulting firms, project developers, verification bodies, and environmental advocacy organizations. Workgroup member organizations include:

Centre for Studies of the Private Sector for Sustainable Development (CESPEDES) Ruby Canyon Environmental
Colegio de Ingenieros Ambientales de México, A.C. (UNIDO) Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT)
Ecosave Gases Silver Breeze CRR
Instituto de Protección Ambiental (IPA) TUV Rheinland de México
Quimobásicos Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León

Interested stakeholders are welcome to participate as an observer to the workgroup process by attending workgroup meetings in listen-only mode, submitting written comments on the protocol when it is available for public comment, and attending the public workshop held during the public comment period. To receive notifications about upcoming meetings and request to be an observer to the Mexico Halocarbon Protocol development process, please send an email to [email protected].

Workgroup Meetings

Mexico Halocarbon Protocol Workgroup Meeting 1
February 4, 2021
Meeting recording
Presentation slides

Mexico Halocarbon Protocol Workgroup Meeting 2
March 11, 2021
Meeting recording
Presentation slides

Protocol Kick-Off Webinar

The Mexico Halocarbon Protocol development process kick-off webinar was held on November 19, 2020.

Protocol Scoping

The Mexico ODS Protocol underwent a public scoping process to evaluate the feasibility of adding new eligible refrigerants. The scoping paper for the assessment of potentially eligible ODS is available for review below:

The Reserve hosted a public scoping webinar on December 6, 2019 to discuss the potential update with interested stakeholders.

Mexico ODS Public Scoping Meeting (conducted in Spanish)/Evaluando el Potencial de Actualizar el Protocolo de Sustancias Agotadoras de Ozono para México

Protocol Development Timeline

The following timeline will be updated as the protocol development process unfolds.

Public scoping meeting December 6, 2019
Reserve releases Mexico ODS scoping paper January 15, 2020
Protocol kick-off webinar November 19, 2020
Stakeholder SOI form deadline December 4, 2020
Staff conducts internal research and drafts protocol December 2020 – February 2021
First workgroup meeting February 4, 2021
Second workgroup meeting March 11, 2021
Public comment period April 14 – May 14, 2021
Public comment workshop May 4, 2021
Protocol presented to Reserve Board for approval Expected June 16, 2021



Please contact [email protected] with questions or comments.