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Danish model for Voluntary Agreements on Energy Efficiency

1. December 2022

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The Mexican industry is challenged by a high energy consumption in manufacturing and production lines in combination with a heavy dependence on fossil fuels. Reducing energy intensity in industries is an important element to reduction of CO2 emissions.

Mexico has set...

…ambitious targets for its energy sector with the aim of reducing carbon emissions substantially. The target Mexico committed to during COP21 in Paris is to reduce greenhouse emissions from 22-36% by 2030 depending on the magnitude of international support.

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Mexico is home to production facilities of some of the largest and most energy intensive industries in the world, defined in Mexico as UPACs (Usuarios de Patrón de Alto Consumo).


As part of the Danish Energy Partnership Programme II 2017-2020 in Mexico, the Danish Energy Agency developed with the Mexican national commission of Energy Efficiency (CONUEE) a model for a Voluntary Agreement scheme for Energy Management Systems in UPACs.

Based on the Danish experience, the Voluntary Agreement scheme is a model for public-private collaboration and provides concrete tools and targeted incentives for energy efficiency in energy intensive industries.