The office of Environmental Technologies Industries, through the Commercial Section of the U.S. Embassy in Mexico, commissioned the production of this report covering short- and medium-term business opportunities in Mexico for U.S. suppliers of environmental equipment and services. The report informs U.S. environmental companies of specific market opportunities that will be available in Mexico as a result of the inauguration of a new federal administration that has listed environmental protection as one of its top priorities.
This report was produced by Hanhausen & Doménech Consultores S.C., a Mexico City-based consulting firm specializing in market research, business opportunity analysis, and project development.
It is important to consider that Mexico has gone through a dramatic change in government. For the first time in over 70 years, the federal government is under the control of a center-right, pro-business political party.
This new government is planning a widespread reform to promote economic and social development in Mexico with a clear emphasis on environmental issues.
With the new administration in office for only few months, most of the new programs are still at the conceptual stage. This report outlines the areas covered by the new programs, although many details on how those initiatives will materialize have yet to be defined. Many of the programs are expected to be presented in stages. The first stage, covering water and forests, was presented in conceptual terms in March 2001. Additional programs for municipal waste and hazardous waste are expected to follow.
To allow individual companies to monitor future developments on environmental programs in Mexico, we have included in Appendix B a list of contact information for the new environmental authorities.