SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY

Having a sustainable transport short-term activity promotes incremental improvement in fuel efficiency and vehicle emissions controls, while long-term sustainable mobility includes transitioning transportation from traditional fossil-based energy to other alternatives such as gaseous fuels and renewable resources.

Transport systems have significant impacts on the environment, accounting for 16% of the total CO2 emissions and 13% of greenhouse emissions (OICA, “Climate change and CO2”) globally. Greenhouse emissions from transport are increasing at a faster rate than any other energy-using sector. Road transport is also a major contributor to local air pollution and smog.

Therefore, the demand for reducing vehicle pollution is becoming a priority issue for many countries. Alternative fuel engine technology is considered the challenge of the future, although ‘the future’ is getting closer as the technologies are enhanced.

GREEN FLEETS

In this sense, Mexico is one of the few countries in Latin America -along with Peru and Colombia- leading sustainable public transport initiatives. Several of its cities have compressed natural gas-powered buses and plan to add cleaner vehicles to their fleets, as environmental pollution is a critical issue in the country.

In Mexico City, for example, the mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera Espinosa expressed interest in improving air quality in the city and has already implemented natural gas buses with Euro V sustainable technology. The local government also plans to convert the entire municipal fleet from gasoline to CNG.

Many Mexican cities understand the opportunity for the country to take advantage of natural gas as a cleaner and cheaper fossil fuel, so there is an increasing interest to speed up CNG adoption in vehicle fleets with more intensive use: public transport.

The idea is to create public-private partnerships to expand the use of CNG in Mexico, considering that this fuel manages to combine two very important things for the region: savings and emissions control.

THE EVENT

AltFuels Mexico 2017 will take place from 4 to 7 April at the Convention Center of the World Trade Center building in Mexico City, and is organized by GNV Latinoamérica – Altfuels Communications Group. The event is hosted by the Mexican Association of Natural Gas (AMGN) and supported by the government of Mexico City.

This event will include a conference and an exhibition, gathering all major industry players interested in the market of CNG, LNG, biogas/biomethane, bi-fuel, dual-fuel, electricity and hydrogen, for the following applications: cars, pick-ups, buses, heavy trucks, urban transport, ships, trains, mining, mining, shale gas and power generation.

It will also provide an exceptional opportunity to learn more about the progress of the different alternative fuels and offer a showcase for new sustainable technologies in the transport sector.

WORLD TRADE CENTER

The World Trade Center (formerly known as Hotel de Mexico) is a skyscraper located in south-central Mexico City, which includes a convention center, cultural center, parking facilities and its most famous and distinctive feature is the large tower with the world’s largest revolving restaurant.

When finalized its construction, it surpassed the Torre Latinoamericana and became the tallest building in Latin America until 1979, when was passed by the Colpatria Tower in Bogota and by the Pemex Executive Tower in Mexico City. It is a skyscraper of 207 meters and 50 floors, and is the sixth tallest building in the city.

Located on Insurgentes Sur Avenue in Colonia Naples, Benito Juarez municipality, the complex takes advantage of the services of Metrobus’ Polyforum station, only a few meters away.

The International Convention & Exhibition Center receives annually 2.5 million people in more than 80 exhibitions. The Mexica room is the largest in the tower with 4020 m2.

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MEXICO CITY

Mexico City is the country’s largest urban hub and also the main political, academic, economic, fashion, financial, business and cultural center. Ranked as a global city, it is one of the most important financial and cultural centers of America and the world. Its growth is one of the fastest globally, and its economy is expected to triple by 2020.

The city was originally built on an island of Lake Texcoco by the Aztecs in 1325 with the name of Mexico Tenochtitlan. This city became the capital of the Aztec Empire. It is located in the middle of a valley at an altitude of 2,240 meters (7,350 ft) above sea level, with the Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl volcanoes as a backdrop, and for its immense lagoons it was named by the Aztecs as the Valley of Anahuac.

Cradle of majestic temples and palaces that stand in the center of the metropolis as a living testimony of the existence of a culture with deep historical roots, the Aztec capital offers many attractions, mix of history, where visitors can see many vestiges of the Aztecs as Tlatilco or Cuicuilco, and modernism as the Paseo de la Reforma, the largest artery that crosses the city from east to west.

Tourism in Mexico City is an important economic activity for the capital, placed first nationally in terms of arrivals of domestic and foreign tourists with 13,124,000 visitors, recorded only in the hotel sector in 2015, and is the first tourist destination for foreign visitors within Latin America with 3.5 million arrivals a year that leaves an economic impact of $ 600 per visitor.

For anyone visiting Mexico City for the first time, the main tourist attractions are concentrated in the historic center: the Plaza de la Constitution (popularly known as El Zocalo), the magnificent Metropolitan Cathedral, the National Palace and the archaeological site of Templo Mayor; plus a lot of museums housed in colonial mansions. Just a few blocks away is the Plaza Garibaldi, where visitors can experience real Mexico life surrounded by aromas of tequila and mariachi music. About 20 minutes westbound, there is the Republic Square, which houses the Monument to the Revolution, with an underground museum.