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Energy Efficiency Program Launched in Mexican Caribbean Hotels

The Energy Efficiency Program in the Hotel Sector in Quintana Roo has kicked off this week. The initiative aims to identify opportunities for energy saving and establish an action plan. The Cancun, Puerto Morelos, and Isla Mujeres Hotel Association are leading the charge on this initiative.

The program's goal is to implement the identified energy-saving measures. This will be achieved through capacity building and energy evaluation of the buildings. The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is providing technical support for these evaluations.

Innovative financing schemes are also being explored to support the program. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and local stakeholders are assisting with this aspect.

According to Huguette Hernández Gómez, the Secretary of Ecology and Environment (SEMA), improving energy efficiency in hotels is crucial for the state. This is because tourism accounts for approximately 90 percent of the local economy. The growth resulting from tourism activity leads to high energy consumption.

The program, coordinated by SEMA, will run until June 25. So far, 70 participants have registered to be part of this energy-saving initiative.

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