Infrastructure Projects Stall while Green, Solar AdvanceBy Emilio Aristegui | Thu, 09/02/2021 - 18:04
The slow economic recovery is dragging the infrastructure industry, as the Mexican government abandons projects to attend other components of the country. Green buildings and solar leasing continue to grow as several companies begin to unveil important plans. Water usage has also taken more importance as agricultural production reveals a necessity to improve operations.
In other news, Expert Contributor Aries Zuñiga discussed where the industry is heading after Latin American Coatings Show.
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Original Infrastructure Plans Fall Behind as Mexico Develops New Economic Strategy
As President Andrés Manuel López Obrador continues to focus on decreasing public spending, the infrastructure projects lag behind as they lose their priority status, with the exception of the Dos Bocas Refinery, Maya Train and the Santa Lucia Airport. Funds have been sent elsewhere, “This investment has been reduced from previous six-year terms, since to face the economic and budgetary crises it is administratively easier to cancel investment projects than to reallocate and redesign public spending” says Christopher Cernichiaro, Coordinator of the Local Public Finance at the Economic Budget Investigation Center (CIEP).
Mexico Continues to Pursue Sustainable Strategies Infrastructure
Luis Cuevas, Commercial Director at IACSA & Asociados, told Mexico Business that the country is set for an important infrastructure change: “The importance of sustainability in infrastructure cannot be understated. Buildings consume vast amounts of energy during their entire lifetime and here in Mexico, building tend to have a 40-year life span.” New global standards have risen to create more efficient systems. However, Mexico still has poorly designed buildings that incur in extremely high energy costs.
First Virtual Edition of LACS Came to Stay
After the first virtual edition of the Latin American Coatings Show (LACS), expert contributor and President National Association of Manufacturers of Paints and Inks (ANAFAPYT) Arius Zuñiga stated where he believes the industry is heading. “We learned that it is possible to develop a large event for the paint, ink and coatings industry, without the need to do it in person as has been done since 1997. We also learned that it is feasible to continue doing business within this scheme.”
Bright: Solar Continues Unsuccessful Fight to Grow Market
Mexico’s solar and thermal resources rank highly around the world according to experts. However, less than 5 percent of homes use the technology. “It is a domiciled service similar to the monthly payment, which means a saving of at least 20 percent before adopting this solar system. One of the advantages of Bright is that this savings increases during the life of the contract,” says Alejandro Ballesteros, Sales Director of Bright. Regardless of the efforts to impact the market, Bright still faces challenges because of the reduced amount of people capable of affording the system in Mexico.
Water Scarcity Problems Require Urgent Measures
Maria Helena Semedo, FAO’s Deputy Director-General, insisted on the importance of urgently change water consumption to a more efficient system. “Water management is essential to achieve the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), not only SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation) but also SDG 2 (zero hunger). Water-related challenges in agriculture, such as scarcity, pollution and water waste, must be urgently addressed to transform food systems and increase their resilience.” Mexico has established several programs to improve its water systems, however, it is imperative for the country to invest more as climate change concerns continue to rise.