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Alatorre Frenk, Claudio

Climate Change and Sustainability Division, Inter-American Development Bank
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Climate Change; Sustainable Energy
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Last updated: January 31, 2023
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Claudio Alatorre is a senior climate change specialist at the Climate Change and Sustainability Division of the Inter-American Development Bank. He has worked on strategies (policies, institutions, financing), projects and analysis concerning the energy transition, with multilateral and bilateral agencies, government institutions, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations, private firms and the media. Claudio studied a first degree in Civil Engineering at the National University of Mexico, and a PhD in Engineering at Warwick University, UK. He is an alumnus and fellow of LEAD International, and a former intern at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

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Low-Carbon Development for Mexico

2010, Johnson, Todd M., Alatorre, Claudio, Romo, Zayra, Liu, Feng

One of the most compelling reasons for pursuing low-carbon development is that the potential impacts of climate change are predicted to be severe, for both industrial and developing countries, and that reducing greenhouse gas emissions can reduce the risk of the most catastrophic impacts. The challenge of reducing emissions is sobering: leading scientific models indicate that limiting the rise in global mean temperatures to less than two degree Celsius will require that global greenhouse gas emissions peak within the next 10-15 years and then fall by 2050 to levels about 50 percent lower than in 1990. Although many countries recognize the need to curtail carbon emissions, there is considerable uncertainty about how much this will cost in individual countries, what measures can be undertaken in both the short and longer term, and how cost-effective specific interventions are in reducing emissions. This study analyzes a range of energy efficiency options available in Mexico, including supply-side efficiency improvements in the electric power and oil and gas industries, and demand-side electricity efficiency measures addressing high-growth energy-consuming activities, such as air conditioning and refrigeration. It also evaluates a range of renewable energy options that make use of the country's vast wind, solar, biomass, hydro, and geothermal resources.