Mexico ‘could slash 63m tonnes of CO2 every year’ with large-scale energy storage projects

According to a report, the carbon reduction is equivalent to almost double the Danish carbon dioxide emissions from energy consumption today

Festival Net Zero 2021

Mexico could slash 63 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions every year by 2050 through the use of large-scale energy storage projects.

That’s according to a new study by the Danish Energy Agency and the National Institute for Ecology and Climate Change (INECC), which suggests the efficient use of energy storage systems, including lithium-ion batteries, could bring a carbon reduction in Mexico that is equivalent to almost double the Danish carbon dioxide emissions from energy consumption today.

That also translates to 42% of the total carbon dioxide emissions from Mexico’s electricity consumption today, which is largely based on natural gas.

According to the analysis, solar energy in combination with lithium-ion battery systems has an estimated potential to grow to 194GW in 2050, as opposed to 95GW without storage.

The findings of the report show solar energy in Mexico is currently estimated to total 5.5GW.

Dr Claudia Octaviano Villasana, General Coordinator of Climate Change Mitigation at INECC, said: “The study showcases how new technologies can help accelerate a cost-efficient green transition and reach the Mexican targets under the Paris Agreement.”

If you enjoyed this story you can sign up to our weekly email for Energy Live News – and if you’re interested in hearing more about the journey to net zero by 2050, you can also sign up to the future Net Zero newsletter. 

Latest Podcast