Greenpeace Mexico v. Ministry of Energy and Others (on the Energy Sector Program)
Jurisdiction: District Court in Administrative Matters
Principle law(s): 2020-2024 Energy Sector Program
Side A: Greenpeace Mexico (Ngo)
Side B: Mexico (Government)
Core objectives: Whether Mexico's energy sector policy violates human rights by promoting fossil fuels at the expense of renewables
SummaryOn August 20, 2020, Greenpeace Mexico filed a complaint in the District Court in Mexico City against Mexico's new Energy Sector Program for 2020-2024. The Program was finalized on July 8, 2020. The complaint alleges that the Program violates human rights - including the right to a healthy environment and right of access to electricity based on renewable sources - by promoting fossil fuel use at the expense of investments in renewable energy, greenhouse gas emissions reduction, and adaptation. On September 21 the Court stayed the Program pending resolution of the case.
On September 21, 2020, the Court issued a preliminary injunction temporarily suspending the program pending resolution of the case. The Court suspended the program, in part, because it prioritized fossil fuels in a way that could constitute imminent danger that is difficult to repair.
Related laws and policies
This Program is derived from the National Development Plan 2019-2024. It is a planning document aiming firstly aiming at reaching energy security and national sovereignty. Goal 1 of the program is to achieve and maintain sustainable energy self-sufficiency to satisfy the energy demand of the popu...