Greenwashing Prohibition Bill Proposed

A bill proposed in the Chamber of Deputies would modify the Federal Consumer Protection Law to prohibit "greenwashing," or the misleading or false representation of a company’s environmental practices or the environmental benefits of a product or service. If passed in its current form, the Bill could increase regulation of environmental marketing claims for products and services sold in Mexico.

Sustainable Energy Use Regulation Reforms Proposed

Mexico's Secretariat of Energy ("SENER") has published reforms to the Draft Decree to the Sustainable Energy Use Regulation that would modify several important timeframes, impacting "high-volume energy users," manufacturers, importers, distributors, and retailers of electrical and electronic equipment in Mexico.

Draft Battery Standard Modifications Proposed

Mexico's Secretariat of Economy has published modifications to a draft battery standard that would define classification and characteristics of batteries by type and chemical technology; impose limits on heavy metals allowed in batteries; establish test methods to determine heavy metal levels in batteries; set labeling requirements; and outline conformity assessment procedures. If adopted as proposed, entities that manufacture, import, or sell primary batteries (non-rechargeable) in Mexico could face additional requirements.

Final GHS Standard for Hazardous Chemicals Published

Mexico's Secretariat of Labor and Social Welfare ("STPS") has published NOM-018-STPS-2015, which implements the United Nation's Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals ("GHS"). Employers that produce, transport, store, or use hazardous chemicals in Mexico must comply with the new standard within three years following its publication in the Official Gazette.

Water Law Reforms Proposed

After gathering input from the general public, the New Alliance Parliamentary Group within the Chamber of Deputies has proposed a bill that would incorporate 10 new sustainability principles in the General Water Law to fill perceived gaps in the legislation.

PROFEPA Signs Cooperation Agreement With CANACINTRA

The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (“PROFEPA”) has signed a cooperation agreement with the National Chamber of Industry (“CANACINTRA”) to strengthen capacities for environmental compliance within the industry sector.

PROFEPA Detects Irregular Transport of 86 Tons of Hazardous Waste

Mexico’s Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (“PROFEPA”) conducted its 7th National Highway Operation in Tacate, Baja California to ensure compliance with national laws and regulations pertaining to the transport of hazardous materials, substances, and wastes. PROFEPA detected the irregular transport of 86 tons of hazardous waste, including oil-contaminated water, lead-acid batteries, oils, and lubricants.

Mexico Will Assess Mercury to Devise Sustainable Use Strategy

Mexico's Secretariat of Environment ("SEMARNAT") has announced the start of an initial assessment to implement the Minamata Convention on Mercury and promote the sustainable use of mercury within the country. The Assessment will consist of five stages: (1) identify the mercury problem; (2) evaluate national infrastructure, including current legislation; (3) develop an inventory of and strategy for contaminated sites; (4) identify challenges, needs, and opportunities; and (5) prepare a national report with Assessment results and actions for improvement.