By Adina Moloman
Source: www.under2mou.org, SanDiegoRed
Baja California Governor Francisco A. Vega de Lamadrid signed the “Under 2 MOU” agreement with international leaders from 11 other states and provinces, to limit the increase in global average temperature to below 2 degrees Celsius.
The event took place in Sacramento and was hosted by the California Governor, Edmund G. Brown Jr. There are 12 founding signatories of the agreement from seven countries on three continents and include: California, USA; Oregon, USA; Vermont, USA; Washington, USA; Acre, Brazil; Baden-Württemberg, Germany; Baja California, Mexico; Jalisco, Mexico; Catalonia, Spain; Ontario, Canada, British Columbia, Canada; and Wales, UK.
“Under 2 MOU” agreement is a commitment between the participants to either reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 to 95 percent below 1990 levels by 2050 or achieve a per capita annual emission target of less than 2 metric tons by 2050.
Since the agreement involves countries and regions from developed and developing economies with different climate programs and realities they agreed also to enhance cooperation to accomplish their goals by sharing technology, scientific research and best practices to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy. Some common targets are zero-emission vehicles and the reduction of black carbon and methane from the manufacturing processes by monitoring and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions consistently.
Baja California is addressing climate change by implementing ambitious environmental policies.
One of the action to tackle climate change that Baja California governor mentions is to have at least 1,000 megawatts of installed wind and solar capacity by 2019. Baja California is also preparing for waste-conversion projects. He also mentions that is currently implementing The Baja California vehicle emission inspection program where most vehicles are subject to an emissions inspection to help reduce air pollution.
The local government is having in its agenda water storage infrastructure projects. Multipurpose water storage systems will result in more-efficient water usage. Other important climate action is reducing the release of methane, black carbon and other potent pollutants across industries Manufacturing in Mexico.