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11/29/2010

Windmill will supply energy for COP16/CMP6

It will generate 1.5 MW to reduce CO2 emissions produced at the Conference

By Carolina Saracho

Cancun’s windmill will produce 1.5 megawatts on a daily bases, which equals the energy needed by 1,500 houses, explained Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, President of Mexico.

“Mexico can generate up to 71 megawatts due to its geographic conditions. This will mean a reduction of as much as 2,000 tons of CO2,” stated the Mexican President during the inauguration of the windmill, just one day before the works at COP16/CMP6 start.

Energy used for the Conference will be produced by the blades of the windmill and solar cells installed at the Moon Palace Hotel. This is a joint project with Italy.

In the beginning of this administration, the country generated only 2 megawatts of clean energy. The goal to be reached at the end of this tenure is to produce 2,160 megawatts, which would mean 26% of the total energy produced in Mexico.

Mexico stands out because of its improvement in reducing CO2 emissions, right after Germany and South Africa. An example of this is measures to compensate for the GHE emissions produced during the COP16/CMP6, by capturing carbon in other parts of the country.

Keywords
COP16, CMP6, Felipe Calderón, Windmill, Climate Change, Kyoto Protocol

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