The MLED Program is sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and provides technical assistance to the Government of Mexico along 4 different efforts:

Design and implementation of a nationwide low-carbon development strategy, and action plans against climate change at the state level.

Program activities include: capacity building for both the federal and state governments; technical assistance in the development of a tool for calculating emissions baselines and the abatement cost curves of mitigation measures; and macroeconomic and sectoral impact analyses for the implementation of different packages of measures. All activities have the aim of providing INECC and SEMARNAT with useful technical tools to be integrated into national environmental policies.

Systems strengthening for measuring, reporting and verification of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Mexico.

These systems will be used to register, monitor, report and verify GHG emissions from all sectors of the economy at the municipal, state and federal levels, using internationally accepted methodologies and protocols.

Implementation of demonstration projects harnessing clean energy.

The MLED Program is working on the design and development of clean energy demonstration projects with high potential for implementing best practices that could be scaled through the development of programs and policies implemented by the Government of Mexico. Demonstration activities include, among others: an energy efficiency program for steam systems, the inclusion of solar water heaters in the México City Building Regulations, and the use of organic waste for methane recovery and cogeneration.

Coordination of the Global Climate Change (GCC) USAID/Mexico.

The MLED Program is the main coordination mechanism under the GCC USAID/Mexico Program, which is implemented through various partners and programs, including the Mexican Program for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (MREDD+), the Program of Forests and Soil Conservation in Mexico (PSLM), the Enhancing Capacity for Low Emission Development Strategy Program (EC-LEDS) and the Mexican Competitiveness Program (MCP). The MLED Program’s objective is to document and integrate the results of all the programs that make up the GCC Program in order to foster collaboration, information sharing, and coordinated actions among the included partners and programs.


Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to kick off MLED Program.

In January 2012 the Governments of Mexico and the United States signed a Memorandum of Understanding, with the President of the Republic as a Witness of Honor. The Memorandum describes the MLED Program’s collaboration with its institutional counterparts.

Technical assistance for environmental and energy authorities in Mexico.

The MLED Program team provides technical assistance to various entities of the Mexican Government through the development of strategic documents, especially to the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), the Ministry of Energy (SENER), the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) and the National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change (INECC).

Climate Change Law (LGCC).

The Mexican Senate unanimously approved Mexico’s climate change law in April 2012, which includes provisions to develop low-emissions activities such as the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency, which are consistent with the MLED Program’s objectives. This has led to a collaboration between the MLED Program and the Government of Mexico in the elaboration of draft regulations and implementation of the Law.

Technical assistance for the development of a Renewable Energy Auctions Plan

The MLED Program has provided technical assistance to the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) for the development of a small production (<30 MW) renewable energy auctions program, which has been designed and is ready to be carried out in 2013.

Emissions baseline and future emissions scenarios

The MLED Program has developed a tool which will enable the INECC to calculate emissions baselines with diverse assumptions for critical parameters, so that they may be analyzed from different emissions scenarios over the short, medium and long term, thus providing technical information for the formulation of national environmental policies.

Promotion of financial analysis schemes for clean energy projects

The MLED Program is working with public and private financial institutions, project developers and technology suppliers to facilitate the financing and implementation of clean energy projects. Furthermore, the MLED Program is providing analysis for partial and/or complementary guarantees to finance clean energy projects.