The Danish Energy Agency cooperates with Mexico on a green transition

Areas of cooperation:

  • Climate change mitigation policy through long-term energy planning
  • Integration of renewable energy into the electricity grid
  • Bioenergy
  • Energy Efficiency in industry and buildings

Mexico’s green energy transition – and how Danish experiences can contribute

Mexico has set ambitious targets for its energy sector and the country has committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with 35-40 per cent by 2030 depending on the magnitude of international support. This target includes a considerable increase in renewable energy, an area where Denmark holds years of experience integrating fluctuating, renewable energy sources into the energy system.

The technical assistance from the Danish Energy Agency ensures a transfer of knowledge and expertise based on Denmark’s experience in climate and energy, which has proven that it is possible to introduce fluctuating energy sources in a cost-effective way without compromising security of supply.

Cooperation between Danish and Mexican authorities

Since 2014, the Danish Energy Agency has been working closely with Mexican authorities. The authorities have varied since then but count central energy and climate ministries such as the Mexican Ministry of Energy and the Mexican Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, where the program supports the development and implementation of Mexican energy and climate strategies as well as action plans. Furthermore, The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs is a close partner.

Bioenergy in Mexico

The Danish-Mexican cooperation on bioenergy focuses on identifying and assessing relevant biomass resources for energy utilization in Mexico. The general objective is to build capacity and provide input to a future bioenergy road map for Mexico.

Biogas production based on residues and waste

For the period 2017 – 2019, it was decided to work with resources for biogas production based on organic residues and waste. Five projects were made:

Feedstock database for biogas production in Mexico

This project identified and described the 20 most promising wet feedstocks for biogas production. The description includes the information necessary for a first evaluation of a biogas project for each feedstock: available amounts, current use, biogas potential etc.

Download report Feedstock database (English)

Download report Base de datos de sustratos (Spanish)

Biogas plants in Denmark and Mexico 

This project presents 6 Danish and 5 Mexican biogas plants and provides an overview of the state of art of different typical biogas technologies and plant in the two countries. Each plant is described in a fact sheet with key information on input feedstocks, biogas production and costs.

Download report Biogas plants in Denmark and Mexico (English)

Biogas Tool

The Biogas Tool is a spreadsheet-based calculation tool that can be used to obtain a preliminary technical and economic evaluation of biogas projects based on user input.

Download userguide (English)

Download spreadsheet tool (English)

Download guía de usuario (Spanish)

Download hoja de Excel (Spanish)

Pre-feasibility studies for biogas production in Sonora

In collaboration with “The Ecology and Sustainable Development Commission of the State of Sonora” (CEDES), three possible projects for biogas production were evaluated.

Download report pre-feasibility studies Sonora (English)

Pre-feasibility study for biogas production in  Guanajuato

In collaboration with the “Institute of Ecology” (from 2018 the “Ministry of Environment and Territorial Planning”) of Guanajuato, a site for biogas production in the state was chosen and evaluated.  

Download report pre-feasibility studies Guanajuato (English)

Lessons Learned

The lessons learned report presents the general findings and learnings from the biogas projects in Mexico in light of international experiences with biogas. Furthermore, incentives and actions that might be relevant to consider in a possible future biogas strategy or road map for Mexico are described.

Download report Lessons Learned (English)

Download report Lecciones aprendidas (Spanish)

Laura Kjær
Team leader (+45) 3395 5812