Energy Transition in Mexico: A fair coal phase-out for a Paris compatible scenario in Mexico

Designing a fair coal phase-out strategy in Mexico is one of the country’s most urgent measures to address climate change and to ensure an energy transition under a perspective of justice, human rights, and gender equality. However, clear policy actions for a fair coal phase-out are not yet part of the public agenda.

This policy paper points out the serious social, environmental, and human rights implications of the coal industry in the most important coal region of the country, the state of Coahuila. Furthermore, it outlines several key elements for designing a fair coal phase-out plan with a focus on community, dialogue, and participation. To this end, political, regulatory, and cultural barriers need to be overcome in Mexico.