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Mexico creates bio-energy innovation center

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Mexico has created the bio-energy innovation center (Cemie-Bio) to bolster the research and development of bio-fuels as an alternative energy source.

The center aims to unite the efforts of the academic and industrial sectors to foment the use of renewable energy in Mexico, according to the energy ministry (Sener).

The creation of the Cemie-Bio was announced during a bio-energy workshop organized by Sener, the airports and auxiliary services agency (Asa), IDB, Danish firm Novozymes and Mexico's agency for international cooperation and development (Amexcid).

The workshop was designed to draw up an agenda for the development of bio-fuels for Mexico's transportation sector.

State-owned oil firm Pemex has already begun a tender process to acquire anhydrous ethanol for use as a 5.8% component of gasoline to be sold in the states of San Luis Potosí, Tamaulipas and Veracruz, according to Sener's director for sustainability Efraín Villanueva Arcos.

The IDB sees the development of bio-fuels as a mechanism for promoting social development in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as reducing greenhouse gases, said the bank's senior energy specialist Arnaldo Vieira de Carvalho.

Mexico and Denmark have a bilateral agreement on mitigating climate change and developing renewable energy use, which will allow for greater coordination between both countries' authorities and private sectors, Denmark's ambassador to Mexico Henrik Bramsen Hahn said.

Mexico has an international commitment to generate infrastructure projects and clean technologies for the aeronautics and automotive industries, according to foreign affairs undersecretary Carlos de Icaza González.

Article Credit: Bnamericas

Updated 4 Years ago

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