The preparation of new housing projects in six Mexican cities (starting in Aguascalientes City)
with the financing from Sociedad Hiptecaria Federal, began in 2012. CONAVI is already in the
preparation stage with international carbon financing institutions to fund the building of
35,708 houses, which would be expected to mitigate 1,627 megatonnes of CO@2 in a 40 year life span.
In shanty towns undergoing urbanization, water heating (where existent) is produced by means
of electric heaters, which are precariously connected and in many cases entail high risk. The
installation of solar collectors in these sorts of neighbourhoods allows for users to have
hot water all year long, while at the same time, reducing electrification risks and future
Stakeholders and local governments have worked for several years to humanize these shanty
urban spaces. One of the big stumbling blocks has been access to electricity. Thus developing
a policy and the technological skills and awareness of clean, renewal energy sources is a
critical need to complement development plans and strategies for these areas.
For this activity, the direct beneficiaries include 3,860 people in the Los Piletones
neighbourhood, who use the sports centre, as well as the five families who received the water
heaters. Community consultation was key, with residents selecting which homes to receive the
water heaters. A second stage in the activity will include training for local residents on
the installation of the water heaters, which will include learning how to construct the
devices from available local materials.
Between 2012 and 2020, more than 7 million new housing units are being constructed. Assuming
100 per cent penetration of the NAMA scenario, the activity could achieve emission reductions
ranging from 84 megatonnes of carbon dioxide to 140 megatonnes of CO2 by 2020.
The government is also in the process of developing an existing housing NAMA, looking at an
existing stock of 28 million homes as of 2010.
For potential donors and investors, the NAMA Fund will accept soft loans and grants. The
funding will address both the supply and demand side, for example providing bridging loans for
housing developers and support for home buyers.