Leonardo Rodríguez Beltrán, Assistant Secretary for Energy Planning and Transition within the Ministry of Energy (SENER), announced that with the support of the World Bank (WB), diagnoses will be made in one city in each state of the Republic of Mexico. This will provide opportunities to harness the energy in a sustainable manner in areas such as public lighting, pumping equipment in water systems and sanitation and municipal buildings, above all.
Undersecretary Beltrán explained that these studies were conducted through the TRACE programme, a tool developed by the WB’s Assistance Programme for Energy Sector Management (ESMAP) to help cities to quickly identify energy efficiency opportunities.
TRACE includes a module for benchmarking energy, based on 28 performance indicators covering six knowledge areas: public lighting, water and sanitation, municipal buildings, transport, waste management, as well as electricity and heating, which compares a city with other similar ones, plus a module that identifies priority sectors with the greatest potential for energy efficiency, and a module that provides recommendations for specific action in the field.
For his part, the Director General of Energy Efficiency and Technological Innovation in SENER and the Chairman of the Policy Committee for the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation 2014-2016, Santiaga Creuheras, said that like other countries, Mexico has great potential for innovative measures to achieve more rational use of the energy they consume, as well as diversifying primary sources.