The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) ask Mexico to take care of the environment in large projects

López Obrador said that José Ángel Gurría, “does not have the moral authority” to make accusations about the environmental impact that the great works of his government could have.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that the Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), José Ángel Gurría, “does not have the moral authority” to make accusations about the environmental impact that might have the great works of your government.

During a tour in Monterrey, Nuevo León, the president recalled that the ex-secretary of the Treasury was called “the dependency angel” because, he said: “he was the one who predicted that the technocrats would come to stay” and replied that “fortunately, the wise people, July 1 said enough. “

Within the report “Financing the climate of the future”, the OECD mentions that the Mayan Train, the Dos Bocas refinery and the rehabilitation of coal power plants could have a global environmental impact if it is not guaranteed that each project complies with the Mexico’s international commitments on climate change.

Within the report, OECD specialists point out that this type of project in other countries usually includes in its construction and planning the use of clean energies, self-supply schemes, digitization of urban mobility and the promotion of the sale of carbon credits .

The OECD highlights in the report the relevance of moving away from these projects of merely economic interests trapped in fossil fuels and emissions-intensive activities, to give way to projects that sustain economic growth, productivity and well-being, with respect for the environment and conscience. ecological

During the presentation in Mexico of the report, Gurría took for example the proposal to develop rehabilitate coal power plants to explain that it can not guarantee that it has environmental disciplines, when one of the main impacts of thermal generation is the emission of atmospheric pollutants. they depend directly on the fuel that is used.

The official took as an example the Dos Bocas refinery, designed to operate near mangroves, and the Mayan Train, which will cross eight Protected Natural Areas in Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche, and Quintana Roo, to wield that could affect the flora and fauna, as well as the barrier effect of some habitats.

Environmental discipline

Gurría, who is the most visible spokesman of the strategists and experts who analyze and investigate new models of public policies based on the best global practices in the OECD, stated that it would be pertinent to ensure that there is an environmental discipline that allows capturing emissions, or at least, most of them, especially in the project of the new coal-fired power plant.

Both the power plant and the Mayan Train and the refinery are projects that, due to being in the making, allow the consistent development of construction and operation to be consistent with Mexico’s international commitments on climate change, he said.

The result of this international experience that they continuously collect in the OECD, with the participation and exchange of State ministers from each of the 36 member countries, Secretary Gurría suggested to Mexico to organize the priorities, based on the development of pilot programs that allow develop comparative advantages, promote environmental regulation and the execution of a regulated scheme of distributed clean generation.

The OECD is originally an open forum for the same state ministers of the member countries to discuss, analyze and evaluate public policies on issues of trade, environment, agriculture, technology, fiscal affairs, among others. 

Source: el economista

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