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Chemicals management indicators in the         movement toward sustainable cities in                      Mexico          ...
Sustainable cities project• A new initiative is being undertaken in Mexico  aimed at leading medium-sized cities toward  s...
Overall objectiveTo direct the environmental performance of Mexican cities toward  environmental sustainability, through d...
Project overview• Our vision of an environmentally sustainable city is that in  which its infrastructure and processes hav...
Vision of the indicatorsVision: To minimize the use and release of the chemical substances, the risks on the        enviro...
Substances subject to Mexican PRTR reporting                                               6
Indicator: Substitution of non-essential uses of RETC                      substances  Objective: Measure the elimination ...
Indicator: Reduction of releases of RETC substances  Objective: Measure the reduction of releases of RETC substances to th...
Limitations on the chemical substances management• Few precedents regarding management of chemical  substances in sustaina...
Initial city for project application                     Aguascalientes Metropolitan Area                                 ...
Levels of participation in the project•   Federal, State and Municipal governments•   In the first phase we are working wi...
Path forward• Learn in depth the concepts and methodologies for  chemicals alternatives assessments• Know international ex...
Thank you!         Merci!        ¡Gracias!Three countries. One environment.                                    13
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Leonora Rojas Bracho, General Director of Urban and Regional Pollution Research, National Institute of Ecology (INE-Semarnat) and Member of the SMOC Working Group, spoke at the CEC Chemicals Management Forum in San Antonio, Texas, on May 16, 2012. More information at: http://www.cec.org/chemicals2012

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  1. 1. Chemicals management indicators in the movement toward sustainable cities in Mexico Dr. Leonora Rojas-Bracho/National Institute of Ecology of Mexico Chemicals Management Forum San Antonio, Texas May 15-16, 2012Commission for Environmental Cooperation
  2. 2. Sustainable cities project• A new initiative is being undertaken in Mexico aimed at leading medium-sized cities toward sustainability• Indicators related to chemicals management are being developed to measure compliance with the current regulation and the elimination of non- essential uses and the reduction of releases of hazardous substances 2
  3. 3. Overall objectiveTo direct the environmental performance of Mexican cities toward environmental sustainability, through development of a set of indicators Environmental performance Environmental sustainability The measurable results of the actions The movement toward redesign of the ways undertaken in a city to protect and promote used to meet society’s needs, which takes caring for the environment, and to into consideration the long-term capacity of prevent, reduce and mitigate the adverse effect the environmental to withstand the load that human settlements, productive activities placed on it. and services exert upon it, taking as the point of reference the city’s policies, regulations, objectives and environmental goals. 3
  4. 4. Project overview• Our vision of an environmentally sustainable city is that in which its infrastructure and processes have been redesigned to meet societys needs within the long-term carrying capacity of the environment.• Our aim is to produce a comprehensive set of indicators that serve to evaluate the environmental performance of a medium-sized city and set environmental sustainability goals for the short, medium and long terms. 4
  5. 5. Vision of the indicatorsVision: To minimize the use and release of the chemical substances, the risks on the environment and health from which have been documented, until their elimination or substitution by other safer technologies or substancesIndicators are focused on the environmentally-appropriate management ofchemical substances in industrial facilities . Indicators cover two phases:1st Phase, with short- and medium-term goals: • Addressed to compliance with the legal framework in effect and the non-regulatory instruments • Formulated on the basis of existing information2nd Phase, with medium- and long-term goals: • Promotion and application of BAT/BEP as a path forward to eco-efficiency Policy direction: Eliminate non-essential uses and minimize the release to the environment of chemical substances that represent an unacceptable risk to human health and the environment 55
  6. 6. Substances subject to Mexican PRTR reporting 6
  7. 7. Indicator: Substitution of non-essential uses of RETC substances Objective: Measure the elimination of non-essential uses of RETC substances by the substitution for safer substances. Non-essential uses of RETC substances Short term Medium term Long term Policy direction: It is expected a gradual decrease of non-essential uses of chemicals listed in the Mexican Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (RETC), included the Persistent Organic Pollutants listed in the Stockholm Convention. 7
  8. 8. Indicator: Reduction of releases of RETC substances Objective: Measure the reduction of releases of RETC substances to the environment Releases of RETC substances Short term Medium term Long term Policy direction: It is foreseen to reduce the releases of RETC substances through the implementation of BAT/BEP implementation in order to protect human health and the environment 88
  9. 9. Limitations on the chemical substances management• Few precedents regarding management of chemical substances in sustainable cities around the world. Not explicit• Regulation of chemicals is limited in Mexico• There is no registry in Mexico for chemical substances used in industry• Limited information. We are currently working on the first chemicals inventory, with a 2009 base year, to be published in 2012 9
  10. 10. Initial city for project application Aguascalientes Metropolitan Area (AMA) • Three municipalities in a single metropolitan area • Population: The population of the state is 1,200,000 inhabitants, of which 80% is concentrated in the AMA. • The Aguascalientes State government’s “Green Agenda” 10
  11. 11. Levels of participation in the project• Federal, State and Municipal governments• In the first phase we are working with secondary information• Private sector• Will get incorporated into the project through a workshop with the sectors during the initial phase, and• Will participate in generating information and the strategy for the second phase• Social sector• Will get incorporated into the project through a workshop with the sectors during the initial phase, and• Will participate in design of a second phase, for development of indicators for sustainable consumption 11
  12. 12. Path forward• Learn in depth the concepts and methodologies for chemicals alternatives assessments• Know international experiences on chemicals substitution• Propose a regional forum on chemicals substitution with experts of the region in the framework of the SMOC activities• Enhance research on chemicals substitution in the academy sector• Continue promoting the use of the indicators in other medium-sized cities of Mexico 12
  13. 13. Thank you! Merci! ¡Gracias!Three countries. One environment. 13
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