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Academic help with the regional agenda

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Projected change in annual rainfall (%), SRES A2 (IPCC) in Nuevo Leon State, Mexico - click to enlarge

Sustainability can be applied to all kinds of human activities – climate change itself constitutes a new challenge which has to be treated from both interdisciplinary and multi-institutional angles. The Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM) in México has accordingly addressed the issue from different perspectives.

The institute’s action on sustainable development extends across initiatives, areas and campuses. In 1996, ITESM integrated sustainability into its overall mission, and from 1992 to 2001, Campus Monterrey hosted the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s (WBCSD) Latin America Chapter.

Over the last two years, ITESM has coordinated the Nuevo Leon State Climate Change Action Plan (PACC-NL). Partially funded by the UK Government, through its Global Opportunities Fund, the project was supported by México’s National Institute of Ecology (INE). Key stakeholders participating included regional environmental departments (APMARN – now SDS, PVSNL, CDANL), government departments (SEMARNAT, SAGARPA, CONANP, PROFEPA, CONAZA), universities and institutes (including UANL, UNAM, COLPOS, ECOSUR, ITCV, UNICACH, IHN), industries and national civil society organisations (such as CI, TNC, PMC, PNE, CEFFSNL).

Results to change a region

The main objective was to further the region’s climate change agenda with strategies for mitigation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adaptation measures. Different workshops and capacity-building seminars were organised and a public consultation was set up with the regional government. As a result, the following were achieved:

a) the first GHG inventory for the state of Nuevo León (second at state level in México);
b) three climate change scenarios (2020, 2050, 2080), based on A2 and A1B IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) global emission scenarios;
c) assessment of climate vulnerability of key sectors (such as health, energy, agriculture);
d) a portfolio of GHG mitigation actions and strategies for all the economic sectors; and,
e) strategies for adaptive ecosystem and biodiversity management.

The regional government also announced its GHG mitigation goals and a significant financial investment for its implementation during the current state administration (2009-2015).

A new undergraduate academic programme on Sustainable Engineering started in 2010, with emphasis on sustainable energies. As a part of its graduate programmes in areas like Environmental Systems (MSA) and others, ITESM offers courses related to climate change. Aspects of the experience gained during the development of PACCNL are now being transferred though an online course to other institution s with the support of INE.

Working closely with other stakeholders and through the coordinated work of different research, teaching and outreach centres with particular focus on subjects as environment, energy, water or building, ITESM conducts projects related to sustainability that have a direct impact on climate change mitigation and adaptation.

ITESM is also deeply engaged in reducing its own GHG emissions, having achieved a per capita reduction of energy consumption from 29kj/m2 in 1998 to 15 in 2008. Natural gas per capita consumption decreased from 1.8Gj in 1998 to 1.2Gj in 2008. In recognition of the above, in 2010 Campus Monterrey received the “Liderazgo en la Eficiencia Energética aplicada a la Educación” Award.

ITESM key research centres:
The Centre for Environmental Quality http://uninet.mty.itesm.mx
The Centre of Energy Studies http://energia.mty.itesm.mx
Water Centre for Latin America and the Caribbean www.centrodelagua.org
The Design and Construction Centre www.mty.itesm.mx/dia/centros/cdc
  • Programa Campus Sostenible is in charge of integrating sustainability into the curriculum.
  • Planta Física takes care of operational issues.
  • Community outreach is the responsibility of Amigos de la Naturaleza, a social service environmental community leadership programme.
  • The Cátedra Andrés Marcelo Sada (www.catedraams.org) is responsible for dissemination and serves as a forum where all stakeholders meet and share knowledge and experiences around sustainability.

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