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Mexico's government sector energy conservation activities began in the early '90s and have burgeoned into perhaps the broadest government end-use program in the world, impacting hundreds of government facilities. The country's energy management agency, CONAE, provides a strong example of how limited resources can be leveraged into enormous savings. Three case studies documenting the most successful programs are presented here:

The Administración Pública Federal (APF) program is a lighting initiative that has resulted in audits and retrofits in almost one thousand Mexican government buildings. (apf.pdf - 188 KB)

CONAE's strong partnership with Mexico's national oil company, Pemex, demonstrates the value of developing close alliances with other agencies. The savings achieved through this union highlight the large potential for efficiency gains that often exists in national industries. (pemex.pdf - 172 KB)

Mexico's innovative Ports of Attention program has been able to overcome barriers to reaching remote facilities, despite CONAE's limited resources and Mexico's large size. (portsofattention.pdf - 152 KB)

Current PePS Initiatives

The current PePS effort is focused on development of an energy-efficient purchasing initiative to be implemented by nine Mexican municipalities. The program, which will be launched at a workshop in fall 2004, is sponsored by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Office, and led by PePS partner ICLEI, working closely with Mexico's Association of Municipalities (AMMAC). This program is modeled in part on a similar activity in the U.S., managed by the U.S. Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), called Buying Energy Efficient Products.

The initial goal of the program is to introduce cost-effective, energy-saving purchasing practices in several municipalities, with the hope that other municipalities as well as state and federal agencies will follow these examples. ICLEI and AMMAC are providing technical assistance to the participating municipalities in the form of recommended product efficiency specifications and lists of complying models. To be launched in two stages, the first phase of the program will focus on a limited number of frequently purchased, easily identifiable efficient lighting and office equipment products. Along with the purchasing recommendations, PePS will supply other tools, such as a savings estimator, to help representatives from each municipality estimate the energy, cost-savings, and environmental benefits to their city government and help convince procurement officials, mayors, and others of the program's value to them. ICLEI and AMMAC will also assist some of these municipalities with a limited number of actual purchases to demonstrate the concept.

The PePS partners hope that the effort will expand in 2005 to include not only additional products but also additional cities and other Mexican public sector entities. PePS worked with CONAE as part of previous developmental work on energy-efficient procurement. By facilitating the adoption of a common set of purchasing specifications across Mexico's public sector, PePS seeks to achieve success toward its goal of transforming the market - in this case the Mexican market - to a more energy-efficient economy.