Mexico—Clean Energy Programme (MCEP)

Client: Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Duration: 2019-2022

Region: Latin America and the Caribbean

Country: Mexico

Solutions: Sustainable Business Environment Climate

The U.K. Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) aims to promote energy-driven low-carbon growth, reduce poverty, and generate new market opportunities for symbiotic U.K. partnerships and investments.

DAI helped the FCDO achieve its vision by implementing the Mexico Clean Energy Programme (MCEP), which developed the skills of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and government institutions to support Mexico’s transition to a low-carbon economy.

The program used EPI (Energía, Participación e Inclusión) as the delivery model, enhanced the skills, capabilities, and resources of the Mexican energy sector by co-creating solutions that drove inclusive and sustainable growth. MCEP developed its curricula based on the findings of an industrial baseline study that DAI conducted in 2019 to identify key supply chains.

Together with local partners, EPI offered targeted technical training and soft skills development, international certifications, and best practices exchanges. This training built local supply chains, and developed skills and expertise to deliver lasting benefits to local people. EPI also integrated women’s participation in the energy industry.

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Sample Activities

Course portfolio for the workforce includes:

  • EPI Energía.
  • Solar thermal.
  • Gender awareness and mentorship.
  • Energy efficiency basics and advanced.
  • Solar PV maintenance and decommissioning training
  • Technical English.

Course portfolio for the SMEs includes:

  • Access to finance and procurement.
  • Suppliers’ development and new business opportunities.
  • COVID-19 resilience kit, including financial services, energy efficiency, e-commerce, crisis management, and mental health tools.

Course portfolio for regulator institutions includes:

  • Certification on ISO 14001 and 45001.
  • Soft skills development.
  • Capacity building on clean energies.

Select Results

  • Delivered eight training programs on diverse topics—from a general course on the energy sector to specialized courses on finance, business opportunities, the electricity industry, clean energy, innovation, and English skills.
  • Designed five additional activities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic focused on the recovery of SMEs in various areas recognized as critical by the industry—financial services, energy efficiency, e-commerce, crisis management, and mental health tools.
  • Reached 585 direct beneficiaries each taking at least one of the courses. Fifty-two percent of course participants were women, double the percentage of women working in Mexico’s energy sector; 40 percent were earning less than £14 per day; 13 percent were students. Some 113 participants were from SMEs.
  • Built a big-data analysis on the labor market for Mexico’s renewable and clean energy sector. This job dashboard provided stakeholders and beneficiaries with information on in-demand skills, particularly for clean energy projects.
  • Developed an in-house electromobility report to identify future skills that the supply chain will require to keep in line with COP26 priorities including a Zero Emissions Vehicle action line and the implementation of the National Electromobility Strategy.
  • Identified challenges and opportunities for skills development, which was also useful for identifying commercial opportunities for British manufacturing companies in Mexico.
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