UK PACT has partnered with Mexico, a country with a rich history of commitment to climate action and alliance with the UK.
Mexico was among the first countries to pass comprehensive climate change legislation and submit its Nationally Determined Contribution ahead of the 2015 Paris Agreement, allowing it to become a key influencer in the region. Through the Partnership for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth, Mexico and the UK have committed to collaboration and increased investment in social, economic and environmental sustainability. Ahead of COP 26 and over ten years after Mexico hosted COP 15, UK PACT will support projects that respond to Mexico’s emerging priorities, while achieving greenhouse gas emission and poverty reductions.
In the first round of funding, Mexico-UK PACT funded 13 projects and three skill-shares (see success stories below). Following a successful round of implementation of the first phase of Mexico-UK PACT, five priority areas with significant emission reduction potential have emerged for future funding: green finance, sustainable mobility, energy, climate policy and forestry and land use.
The project published four reports identifying potential regulatory and legal reforms and convened numerous discussions and events to strengthen governance in four key areas of Mexico’s climate ambition: energy, mobility, forestry and waste management.
This led to, for example, reforms to the Forest Law prohibiting change in the use of forest soils, which helps slow down deforestation near cities. The recommendations made and key discussions convened by the project have had a direct impact on the ambition and actions of legislators, paving the way for future legislation to enable emission reductions.
This project set out to improve urban logistics in Mexico City by developing a roadmap to address existing challenges with urban freight vehicle management.
The recommendations mapped out more efficient transport routes and identified measures to reduce congestion in the city, leading to reduced emissions from vehicles and improving air quality. Building a roadmap with a strategy was key to changing public policy in the city and facilitating emission reductions in this area. Since then, a wide range of government officials have met to discuss potential actions to upgrade freight operations in Mexico City.
The second Mexico-UK PACT funding round closed in August 2020.
Projects are being assessed as part of an open call to prospective applicants following two stages: 1) Expression of Interest (EOI) to outline how a proposed project responds to the call; and 2) a request for detailed proposals for those shortlisted at the EOI stage. Register your interest below to make sure you stay updated with all developments for this funding round.
Please see across the updated timeline for the current application process.