The Future Fund is helping Yucatán reduce emissions in a transparent and measurable way

Eduardo Batllori Sampedro, Minister of Urban Development and Environment of the State of Yucatán, Mexico
Ilario D'Amato
21 December 2017

Eduardo Batllori Sampedro, Secretary of the Urban Development and Environment, Yucatán

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LONDON: The State of Yucatán in Mexico will reduce its emissions from government operations related to public buildings and vehicle fleets by at least 10% by 2030 – and it will do so through a transparent web platform.

The project, developed through The Climate Group’s States & Regions Future Fund, will help the Mexican state to measure, report and verify its carbon emissions as part of the “Yucatán’s Carbon Management Plan”, which aims to reduce intensity of CO2e emissions by 20% by 2018 by 40% by 2030, based on 2005 levels.

The Future Fund, set up by The Climate Group and launched during the annual General Assembly meeting at COP22 in Marrakech in 2016, aims to support developing and emerging economy regions in accelerating the global transition to a low carbon economy.

“I would like to thank [...] the Future Fund for having funded an important project showcasing our state’s carbon management plan,” said Dr. Eduardo Batllori Sampedro, Minister of Urban Development and Environment of the State of Yucatán, in a Climate TV interview recorded during COP23 in Bonn.

Speaking of the system to track progress towards emissions and mitigation actions, he remarked how “transparent measurement and verification with good technology will allow us to disclose our progress at the state level for the contribution established towards the objectives set out by the Under2 Coalition.”

“It is important to have transparency,” Dr. Eduardo Batllori Sampedro underscored, “so that the public is aware of the efforts of state governments in implementing public policy, particularly in energy efficiency and use of fuel in transportation.”


The state of Yucatán, in the South-Eastern region of the Mexican Republic, is rich in forests, hydro resources and biodiversity. Its culture is based on the thousand-year-old ancestral vision of the Mayan culture, where traditions and natural resources play a crucial role. For this reason, the state is committed to protect and preserve the environment.

However, the global challenge of global warming is threatening all of this. To mitigate the impact on climate change on this particularly vulnerable region, in 2015 Yucatán joined the Under2 Coalition in order to enhance collaboration between sub-national and with national governments.

“We are aware that the efforts at the national level have paved an important path forward. However, we believe that the efforts at the sub-national and local levels have been influential and have shown a difference by leading in a faster course of action to achieve the objectives put in place by the Under2 Coalition.”

In particular, the Under2 Coalition is “hugely important” because it has opened a window to facilitate the exchange of common solutions at important meetings such as COP23, said Dr. Eduardo Batllori Sampedro, “where national-level decisions are being made, but where state-level participation is often sidelined. As such, being part of the Under2 Coalition allows us all to have a voice that can be heard at these international events where decisions are made.”

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