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Ambassador Wayne Joins Business Community in Highlighting Importance of Energy Efficiency and Environmentally-Friendly Construction

Mexico City, February 28, 2012 -- U.S. Ambassador Anthony Wayne today participated in the “Cool Surfaces for Building Envelope Efficiency” Conference at the Club de Industriales in Mexico City.  The conference, focusing on the importance of cooler, more energy-efficient buildings as a way of protecting the environment, was sponsored by the Commission for the Efficient Use of Energy (CONUEE), the Secretariat of Energy (SENER), the United States Department of Energy, the Mexican Coalition for Energy Efficiency in Buildings, the Global Cool Cities Alliance, and Winbuild.

During his speech at the conference to members of the business community, Ambassador Wayne said, “This conference continues the tradition of cooperation and collaboration between the United States and Mexico.  It is in the interest of both countries to work bilaterally and with other partners internationally to improve energy efficiency and provide a better world for future generations.”  He continued, “The United States and Mexico are working on a wide range of activities to encourage the use of energy from renewable sources, improve energy efficiency, develop standards for energy use, and protect the environment.  Exchanging ideas on how to encourage cool buildings is one more important aspect of these shared efforts.”

In the United States, the federal government has recently taken steps to promote energy-efficient buildings.  In December 2011, President Obama announced nearly $4 billion in combined federal and private sector energy upgrades to buildings in the United States over the next two years. These investments will save billions of dollars in energy costs, promote energy independence, and create tens of thousands of jobs in the hard-hit construction sector.

During his participation in the conference, Ambassador Wayne highlighted some of the major benefits of “green roof” construction, which include saving money by cutting energy waste, improving the quality of life of our citizens, and creating economic opportunities in building construction and renovations.  He went on to explain why buildings with cool surfaces from good insulation, light-colored cool roofs, and high-performance windows are an important part of a comprehensive sustainability strategy.  These buildings improve the quality of life of those who live and work inside by lowering indoor temperatures -- without the use of air conditioning -- making homes more comfortable and economical, while increasing worker productivity in office spaces and industrial buildings.  Ambassador Wayne welcomed the group’s interest in developing a green roof pilot project in Mexico. 

He likewise welcomed the announcement by CONUEE of dates in March 2012 for a conference on energy efficiency policies as part of Mexico’s work on energy efficiency as part of the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas.