Will this be Mexico's first 'green' municipality?

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Authorities in the municipality of Huejutla de Reyes in Hidalgo state, Mexico, plan to make it the first in the country to go "totally green."

Knowledge acquired during the process would be used for similar initiatives in the country.

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Huejutla mayor Raúl Badillo Ramírez presented a sustainability plan to congress, one which would permit the municipality to earn its green credentials.

Areas covered include natural resource use, drinking water, waste management, carbon bonds and job creation.

The plan includes an industrial park powered by biogas created from waste, and the installation of wind farms and the use of geothermal energy, a statement issued by congress said.

Badillo, during an energy security and climate change forum, said plans would be put out to public consultation and that an "environmental diagnosis" of the municipality would be made.

In related news, lower house lawmaker Alejandro González Murillo of the center-right social encounter party called on Mexico to update its policies for combating climate change to bring the country in line with its commitments as a signatory of the Paris climate accord.

He said decision-making must be changed to become bottom-to-top, so that public policies regarding the mitigation of climate change are designed by citizens.

"Climate change exists, it is not a conspiracy theory, but a complex reality that demands creativity, capacity of response and a long-term vision," he said.

The director of the climate change research program at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Carlos Gay García, said the Huejutla project aims to tackle the areas of energy, water and health.

He said Mexico has huge potential for renewable energy development but at the same time is vulnerable due to water supply problems.

Renewables will comprise 63% of Mexico's new electric power infrastructure to be installed over the next 15 years, according to the energy ministry (Sener). Renewables are expected to account for a bigger share of the generation matrix as a result of the country's first two electric power auctions, held in March and September of this year.

Pictured: Huejutla de Reyes town, Huejutla de Reyes municipality, Mexico.