IEA Executive Director and Mexican Secretary of Energy open a new chapter in IEA-Mexico co-operation

29 September 2015

Secretary Joaquín Coldwell (left) with Executive Director Fatih Birol.

In his first visit to Mexico since becoming International Energy Agency Executive Director, Dr. Fatih Birol met on 28 September with Mexican Secretary of Energy Pedro Joaquín Coldwell and discussed ways to take IEA-Mexico engagement and co-operation to the next level.

Dr. Birol and Secretary Joaquín Coldwell agreed on a series of joint activities signalling the start of a new chapter in bilateral relations. For the first time, Mexico will participate at Minister level in the IEA biannual Ministerial meeting (17-18 November 2015), Secretary Joaquín Coldwell confirmed during the meeting. Furthermore, 2016 will mark the first time that Mexico’s Secretaria de Energia (SENER) sends an official to work at the IEA Secretariat on secondment, to support the elaboration of a focus section on Mexico in the flagship publication World Energy Outlook.

“Covering the very impressive energy reform in Mexico will allow us to show not only the way Mexico incorporated international best practices, but also to highlight innovative policy solutions that should be emulated elsewhere,” said Dr. Birol. As a result of intensive co-operation over the past years, the IEA has also been included as an official member in SENER’s Steering Committee on Energy Efficiency Policy, allowing the IEA to accompany Mexico’s advances in this area even more closely.

The main bilateral meeting was attended by SENER Undersecretaries as well as Francisco Salazar, and Juan Carlos Zepeda, Presidents-Commissioners of, respectively, the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) and the National Commission of Hydrocarbons (CNH). A keynote presentation was given on "Energy and Climate Change" at the Mexican Institute of Technology (ITAM), and Dr. Birol commended Mexico’s leading role in international climate policy.