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Latin America can become obscured by the booming economies (and vehicle markets) of China and India, not to mention the United States. But Brazil is the fourth largest national auto market in the world and an important factor in the global biofuels industry. Mexico is also a major global market, and the region as a whole has a key role in the global energy economy.

In Mexico, the ICCT works closely with the Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (SEMARNAT, the regulatory body charged with setting vehicle emissions standards), and with the Instituto Nacional de Ecología (INE), which provides technical analysis on environmental policy issues, to support the government’s goal of developing national vehicle standards comparable to global best practices. In August 2011 we signed a formal memorandum of understanding with the Comisión Nacional para el Uso Eficiente de la Energía (CONUEE) to support development of fuel economy standards for light-duty and heavy-duty vehicles, as well as standards for used vehicles. Despite previous regulatory setbacks, the ICCT expects that Mexico will implement comprehensive emissions standards within the next 3-5 years.

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Katherine Blumberg
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Senior Fellow / Mexico Lead