Mexico’s countryside might hold country’s renewable energy future

Prickly Pear is a rich source of biogas and alternative fuels – and one man has a business model to prove it.

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Mexico is the seventh-largest producer of oil in the world but it’s committed to increasing the developing of alternative bio-fuels.

Watch the original documentary on CGTN’s Americas Now

By 2024 the country wants to produce 35 percent of its energy from renewable sources. This is part of its commitment to the Paris climate change accord. Consequently, bio-fuel projects are now booming in the countryside.

Other large Latin American economies like Brazil and Argentina have been successful in providing incentive for renewable energy projects. But according to a report issued by the Atlantic Council, some Central American and Caribbean countries are still behind on meeting the Paris goals.

Correspondent Alasdair Baverstock went to western Mexico to give us a closer look at what the country is doing to meet its energy objectives.

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Alasdair Baverstock MA is an award-winning multimedia foreign correspondent based in Mexico City, with more than five years of experience covering Latin America. Originally from London, and with full NCTJ certification, he specialises in news and feature journalism for print, radio and television. His work has previously been used as set-texts in British A-Level examinations. He currently works as CGTN America's Mexico correspondent, and has formerly published work in TIME Magazine, Daily Mail, The Atlantic, Penthouse, Fox News, BBC, Daily Telegraph, TRT World, and others.

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