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Mexico agrees to sign IRENA statute to promote renewable energy

8 Oct 2009

Mexico is to sign the International Renewable Energy Agency’s statute to promote renewable energy.

President of Mexico, Felipe de Jesús Calderón Hinojosa, said, ‘IRENA can now count on Mexico.’

IRENA was established as an international governmental agency by 75 countries in January 2009. Mexico will bring the number of countries that have joined IRENA up to 138. IRENA’s main objective is to actively promote the rapid transition towards the widespread and sustainable use of renewable energy on a global scale.

Around 20 per cent of Latin America’s total energy supply comes from renewable sources, mainly from sugarcane waste, biomass and geothermal energy. Nearly a quarter (23 per cent) of Mexico’s total energy supply is renewable with 19 per cent coming from hydropower. The country is aiming at a 26 per cent target in 2012, mainly by scaling up the production of wind power.

Director general of IRENA, Hélène Pelosse, said, ‘We have to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. It is symbolic that an important oil producing country with such abundant renewable energy potential like Mexico joins IRENA.’

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