The Japanese automotive manufacturer of Yorozu plans to invest MXP$900 million (around US$70 million) to build a new plant at the State of Guanajuato, in central Mexico.

According to a recent press release, Mexican subsidiary of Yorozu is expected to be in full operation by 2015, generating 230 jobs, in addition to sales close to MXP$800 million (US$62.5 million). The new factory in Guanajuato will be devoted to producing shock absorbers for vehicles.

This company, based in Yokohama (a few miles from Tokyo) pointed-out that the construction of the new plant responds to an increased demand in automotive manufacturing in Mexico. Yorozu already has another subsidiary in Aguascalientes.

The announcement by Yorozu comes just over a month after Japanese auto parts manufacturer DENSO said it planned to build a plant to produce air conditioning equipment in Guanajuato. DENSO Mexico, based in the northern city of Apodaca, plans to start constructing a $57 million new factory in March in Silao, a city in Guanajuato.

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A new wind energy farm is anticipated to be built in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas. This Chiapas wind farm, the first in the region, will provide 30 megawatts of wind generated energy to as many as 38 municipalities in Mexico. The wind farm will open in the first half of 2012 and provide the surrounding areas of Chiapas with valuable renewable energy power for many household and governmental needs. Rodríguez-Galán, a partner at Woodhouse, Lorente and Ludlow stated that the wind turbines will generate energy that could then be used for electricity and water pumping purposes.

This wind farm project is just one of many that has been implemented by the Mexican government in order to develop a more environmentally sustainable livelihood based on a reliance on renewable resources like wind generated energy in Mexico. In recent years, Mexico has begun creating solar power and wind farm projects all around Mexico. Mexico is also dedicated to raising awareness on the environmental state of the world to its citizens in order to reach these new green goals.

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Tuxtla Gutierrez

Mexico’s sustainable economy is moving more and more towards renewable wind energy. Wind energy has proven to be one of the most important supplies of energy in the world’s ever-changing global environment. Mexico has recently reached a capacity of 1,000 megawatts of installed wind generated energy. This figure is up from 519 megawatts in 2011, indicating substantial, rapid growth of Mexico’s renewable energy sector.

On the topic of this movement towards the establishment of a more sustainable reliance on renewable resources, the president of the Mexican Wind Energy Association, Leopoldo Rodriguez stated in an interview with Efe, “And we can say with complete certainty that by 2012 at least 2,500 MW will be installed at projects already under construction or in very advanced stages.” He went on to say, “of course is that it’s a source that doesn’t emit contaminants; from the perspective of the country’s goal of mitigating greenhouse gases to combat climate change, it’s an ideal source. “

Wind energy growth and knowledge in Mexico is extremely important for not only Mexico but the environmental state of the world. Most of the wind generated energy comes from established wind turbines in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec region in southeastern Mexico. Turbines have also been built in the northwestern part of Baja California.

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Solar Power Mexico 2012 on May 15 and 16, 2012 is a green growth conference taking place in Mexico City with the intention of bringing together influential individuals and businesses from all over the world interested in environmental issues, solar resources, and sustainability. Solar Power Mexico 2012 will focus on the imperative ability to transform Mexico into a leading economic and environmental entity by the implementation of solar energy. The conference is part of the Mexican International Renewable Energy Congress. This congress has the goal of increasing awareness on the growing importance of using renewable solar resources to generate energy. The environmental conference will provide advice and educational support on how government and business entities can work together to secure a sustainable society. Wind and geothermal industries are crucial to the changing environmental state of the world and Mexico is in the position to truly make a difference.

Solar Power Mexico was organized with the support of the Mexican National Solar Energy Association (ANES) and will feature 30 speakers from notable organizations including DelSol Systems, Enel Green Power, the International Finance Corporation. Anne Watson, the Director of Solar Power Mexico claimed, “It is well recognized that Mexico’s vast solar resource provides the country potential to become a global market leader.” She went on to say, “Whilst the government has enacted policies to facilitate development and is presently undertaking country wide solar mapping research, a key barrier is still considered to be lack of government tariffs to support large scale projects. Solar Power Mexico will unite key international players with government officials and investors to discuss the latest case studies and resolve how best to drive the industry forward.”

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Mexico City

In December 2011, the Mexican Senate passed the “General Law on Climate Change,” which, if passed in the Chamber of Deputies this spring, would become Mexico’s first-ever comprehensive climate change law

With Mexico’s Congress having reconvened on February 1, the pending legislation is top-of-mind for many representatives in the Chamber of Deputies, as they look to enhance Mexico’s environmental stewardship.

The bill is intended to: “Favor the transition towards a competitive, sustainable economy with low carbon emissions, consequently generating environmental, social, and economic benefits.”

While the bill may change as it goes through the Chamber of Deputies, key features in the Senate-approved version of the legislation include: 

The permanent establishment of a new high-level Inter-secretarial Commission on Climate Change.

As the 15th largest emitter of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, Mexico’s environmental stewardship is paramount to its success as a global leader.

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The largest solar parking lot in Mexico that will not only shelter cars from the vibrant Mexican sun, but will also allow for the production of renewable energy, has been inaugurated recently.

As part of the opening ceremony, Mexican officials highlighted the importance of the usage of solar technologies in Mexico. It was stated that with this solar parking lot, Mexico establishes itself as an icon in the implementation of solar technologies ⎯ especially due to the huge environmental and social impact of this highly efficient solar energy production system.

"This is an example for other public and private institutions in the country, to join the usage solar energy with similar initiatives," stated a Mexican official.

The new ‘green parking lot’ covers an area of 3,460 feet and now makes up 60 percent of the energy consumption of certain Mexican institution’s headquarters. The new solar park produces the same amount of energy that would suffice the daily electrical needs of 418 studio apartments. 

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Zapopan

One of the greatest mysteries of Mexico pertains to the existence of freshwater reserves in the Yucatán Peninsula despite its lack of rivers. In the Yucatán Peninsula, deep underground reserves or sinkholes of freshwater called cenotes can be seen and explored. The term cenote comes from the Mayan word dzonot which specifies a region with available groundwater. These Yucatán cenotes are found underground as rainwater infiltrates through the soil to sub-surface regions of limestone bedrock. Cenotes, for the Mexican people, are more than a mere naturalistic phenomenon. Cenotes for the Mayans inhabiting the Yucatán Peninsula region are considered sanctified occurrences, proving the existence and caring nature of the gods.

These underground reserves of freshwater in some cases begin to resemble intricate underground or semi-sunken caves. They’re often times the location of many ancient carvings, precious stones, and mystical stone formations resembling animals revered as sacred to the Mayans of the Yucatán Peninsula. These magical creations are some of the most unique and supernatural features of the environment Mexico that have developed over millions of years.

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Playa del Carmen

A new major step towards the development of global awareness and collaboration on green initiatives and issues pertaining to the environment and the economy was recently created by four principal green organizations. The Global Green Growth Initiative, the United Nations Environment Programme, the World Bank, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development signed an agreement to generate a Green Growth Knowledge Platform. These four organizations signed the initiative at the first Green Growth Knowledge Platform conference. Leading green experts and intellectuals were in attendance. This new Green Growth Knowledge Platform will help strengthen decision-making and policy implementation in regards to green assessments for businesses and government agencies. This platform will provide individuals with a resource for information, support, and analysis on a variety of different global environmental issues such as sustainability, green growth, green initiatives, and global warming. The Green Growth Knowledge Platform will also focus on the effect of environmental issues on economic and political matters in the changing societal climate of the world. Richard Samans, the Executive Director of the Global Green Growth Institute stated, “This MoU marks the formal launch of essential international cooperation on testing, exploring, and refining policies and actions on green growth for practical implementation in both developed and developing countries.”

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Secretary-General Angel Gurría explained, “Governments seeking to re-ignite growth after the crisis…should harness innovation, investment, and entrepreneurship to drive the shift to greener economies. We must intensify our efforts to move towards green growth to preserve natural capital and reduce pollution. It will be essential to avoid path dependency by breaking old habits of consumption and investing in new technology and infrastructure. The Green Growth Knowledge Platform will be key for facilitating collaboration among our four institutions, to provide governments with the best possible tools to achieve this goal.”

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Mexico City

On January 19, Mexico and the United States of America recently signed a Technical Collaboration Agreement on Sustainability and Climate Change. Through this Agreement, both nations will implement the Bi-national Cooperation Program of Climate Change Towards 2016 which represents an investment of nearly US$70 million to be utilized in the next five years.

The Program will be lead by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Mexican Secretary of Environment and National Resources (Semarnat). Civilian organizations and the private sector will also be collaborating in the Program.

Resources will be divided into two programs, the Low Emissions Development of Mexico (MLEDS) and the Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (MREDD).

The first climate change program, MLEDS, will support the development and implementation of the Strategy Development and Low Emissions Monitoring, Reporting and Verification of emissions from Mexico. It will promote the broader development of clean energy, including renewable energy renewable and energy-efficient technologies.

MREDD, the second climate change program, will create a REDD+ function from the current voluntary market for carbon credits from forest areas. The program will also collaborate with the Mexican Secretary of Environment and National Resources, the National Forestry Commission, state and municipal governments, and suburbs, as well as local and international nonprofit organizations, all in the interest of mitigating climate change in Mexico, the U.S. and abroad.

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The rocky desert of northern Baja California harbors has been praised as one of the best wind resources in the Americas. Not far from the border of Southern California, is located the renewable energy goldmine, La Rumorosa (Spanish for “The Murmuring”), known for its insatiable appetite for energy.

Sempra Energy, based in San Diego, has roughly accumulated over half a million acres in La Rumorosa and by the end of the years plans to break ground on a 52-turbine, 156-megawatt wind project. The company plans to ship the electricity over a cross-border transmission line which will connect with the San Diego grid.

In just the first phase, Sempra plans to build up to 1,200 megawatts of wind capacity in the area, which is expected to generate electricity for up to 65,000 homes. “Generally what attracted us was the wind availability and the ability to export,” said Alberto Abreu, Sempra International director of project development. “This is one of the best undeveloped wind resources in all of the Americas.”

La Rumorosa isn’t the only wind hotspot in the country; it is Sempra’s first foray into wind power in Mexico.  It is an attempt to take advantage of California’s neighboring renewable green energy standards and regulations. At a minimum, the state has recognized about 33 percent of electricity supplies must come from clean energy by 2020.

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Mexican Archaeologists discovered a kiln used by the ancient Zapotecs to make ceramics more than 1,300 years ago, the National Anthropology and History Institute (INAH), said. An oven used by the Zapotecs confirms the long tradition of pottery in Mexico's Oaxaca region

Archaeologists hypothesize that the oven dates from the early years of occupation of pre-Columbian site (650 - 900 AD), making it more than 1,300 years old. This is one of the best preserved ceramic kilns ever have been found in the Zapotec area.

“The kiln consists of a cylindrical adobe wall measuring 2.1 meters (6 feet 11 inches) from the surface to the firing shelves arranged in convergent lines toward the center, and a downdraft vent in the lower part approximately 20 centimeters (8 inches) wide," Vera said.

This oven can link the traditional pre-Hispanic pottery craft to that of the current community of Santa Martá Atzompa. This hearth was discovered recently in pre-Hispanic Archaeological Zone Atzompa.

Archaeologist Jaime Vera said the kilns were buried under a stucco floor known as the home of the altar. Located four kilometers from Monte Alban, Atzompa has a total of 40 structures so far discovered.

Since it is one of the pre-Columbian sits that will be opened to the public this year, the work will provide the Atzompa Archaeological Zone with the necessary infrastructure which will continue on, said INAH.

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Atzompa

Like many other universities across the globe, La Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua (UACH) is making an effort to “go green.” Specially, UACH recently announced that it will develop a new three-story building from recyclable materials, which will house: student service offices; scholarship offices; international and national student offices; a laboratory; career coordination offices; and 50 work cubicles for students.

Alfredo de la Torre Aranda, the university’s Faculty Director of Accounting and Administration, said the building will employ sustainable water and electrical systems. In an effort to promote sustainability in Mexico, the building will have both water and energy recovery systems based upon research on the sun’s trajectory. The building will also be the first sustainable building designed by architect Arturo Morales Rangel.

Once complete, UACH will compete in an international green building competition – where the top prize is $20,000. If UACH takes first place, the university will use the funds to improve the green building and provide student scholarships.

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Chihuahua

One of the greatest mysteries of Mexico pertains to the existence of freshwater reserves in the Yucatán Peninsula despite its lack of rivers. In the Yucatán Peninsula, deep underground reserves or sinkholes of freshwater called cenotes can be seen and explored. The term cenote comes from the Mayan word dzonot which specifies a region with available groundwater. These Yucatán cenotes are found underground as rainwater infiltrates through the soil to sub-surface regions of limestone bedrock. Cenotes, for the Mexican people, are more than a mere naturalistic phenomenon. Cenotes for the Mayans inhabiting the Yucatán Peninsula region are considered sanctified occurrences, proving the existence and caring nature of the gods.

These underground reserves of freshwater in some cases begin to resemble intricate underground or semi-sunken caves. They’re often times the location of many ancient carvings, precious stones, and mystical stone formations resembling animals revered as sacred to the Mayans of the Yucatán Peninsula. These magical creations are some of the most unique and supernatural features of the environment of Mexico that have developed over millions of years.

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Playa del Carmen

Canada's AuRico Gold Inc said its quarterly gold production more than doubled, helped by acquisitions such as the El Chanate mine in Mexico.

Fourth-quarter gold production rose 145 percent to 72,119 ounces. Silver production fell 7 percent to 1.1 million ounces.

AuRico said in a statement that the Mexico-focused company's revenue rose 38 percent to $154 million.

The Toronto-based company, which changed its name from Gammon Gold in May last year, said gold production for the quarter from El Chanate mine, located northeast of Caborca in Sonora State, Mexico, was 18,080 ounces.

Shares of the company closed at $8.91 on January 12 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Production of the company’s Young-Davidson mine remains on schedule to begin by the end of March 2012.

"2011 has truly been a transformational year for AuRico. Through the two strategic acquisitions completed in 2011 we have expanded our asset base to include quality assets like El Chanate and Young-Davidson," Marion concluded.

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Caborca

The Mexican government has been supportive of the development of biotech crops, including corn, while recognizing the genetic diversity of native corn species.

Biotech-derived crops are still not commercially cultivated in Mexico. However, the government of Mexico has continued to grant permits to developers for experimental releases of genetically-modified corn into the environment.

According to the Bio-safety Law, it is in the best interest of biotech developers to complete the experimental stage as soon as possible to begin the pilot stage and, afterwards, the commercialization stage. Mexico has no significant trade barriers to biotech crops or foods derived from biotechnology.

Mexico was the United States’ second largest agricultural trading partner in 2009, while the United States was Mexico’s principal agricultural trading partner with nearly 80 percent of Mexico’s agricultural exports going to its northern neighbor.

In 2009, U.S. agricultural exports to Mexico were valued at $13.9 billion, while U.S. imports of Mexican agricultural products were valued at a record $11.9 billion. The impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been substantial, with U.S. agricultural exports to Mexico increasing by $9.3 billion between 1994 and 2009 and Mexican agricultural exports to the United States increasing by $8.5 billion in the same time frame. Mexico is the largest market for U.S. soy-meal, sorghum, dry beans, rice, apples, beef, dairy, swine, and turkey.

The Secretariat of Agriculture approved 23,000 acres of commercial biotech cotton for 2011 and may approve up to 500,000 acres for 2012. Mexico could be self-sufficient in cotton production by 2016 and an exporter by 2020. According to Agro Bio, biotech cotton requires only 0.4 quart of insecticide per acre instead of 4.0 to 5.0 quarts of pesticide applications for non-biotech seed.

Under the Bio-safety Law and its Implementation Rules (Reglamento), three different agencies are responsible for Mexico’s biotech policies, while the Inter-Ministerial Commission on Biosecurity and Genetically Modified Organisms (CIBIOGEM) coordinates Mexico’s biotech activities.

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