Design for Environment in Mexico

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November 29, 2017
Mexico City Waste Law Reforms Call for Special Management Wa...
November 29, 2017
Mexico Publishes Updated Catalog of Energy Consuming Equipme...
November 1, 2017
Energy Efficiency Standard for External Power Supplies Final...

Last Updated: December 28, 2016
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Mexico has not adopted any formal design for environment ("DfE") programs for electric or electronic products. However, Mexico's National Commission of Energy and the Environment ("CONAE") (now known as the National Commission for the Efficient Use of Energy) has issued a number of product-based energy efficiency standards, including a standard for fluorescent lamps (see Energy Efficiency Report on Mexico for more information). Mexico has also adopted safety standards covering various electric and electronic products. Further, Mexico's waste law (Ley General Para La Prevención y Gestión Integral de Residuos) ("Waste Law") drives product design (e.g., the elimination or substitution of chemicals to avoid hazardous waste classification) for electronic products. For example, as described below, Mexico City has interpreted its authority over special management wastes to allow it to request DfE information as part of management plan requirements. At the federal level, SEMARNAT's special management waste standard NOM-161-SEMARNAT-2011, has included similar provisions. (For full details, see Regulatory Alert, "Mexico Publishes Long-Awaited Mandatory Take-Back Regulation for E-Wastes," published February 4, 2013)

In addition, design for environment measures for plastic packaging have already taken hold, at least in Mexico City, and have the potential to impact the electronic sector. Finally, a steady stream of battery initiatives have been proposed at the national level, some of which include content restrictions. Buttressed by a Mexican National Institute of Ecology report issued in 2009 that urges adoption of EU content limits for batteries, Mexican authorities may well proceed to adopt some kind of battery content restriction.


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