In 2017, the National Commission for the Efficient Use of Energy (CONUEE) launched a programme of Voluntary Agreements (Acuerdos Voluntarios, AVs) mandated by the Energy Transition Law (LTE). Under the AVs energy-intensive industries commit to perform energy audits, encourage the adoption of Energy Management Systems, and set a plan to reduce their consumption based on an energy intensity reduction goal.
The energy intensity reduction goal should be agreed upon with CONUEE, based on the average energy intensity of the relevant subsector, and must be updated every three years. SENER will recognise and broadcast the achievements made by the participants of the VA programme. Additionally, every two years, CONUEE will perform an evaluation of the programme.
In December 2017, CONUEE signed the first Voluntary Agreement on Energy Efficiency with Nestlé México (a large food and beverage company). The company plans to invest more than MXN 70 million toward efforts to reduce energy consumption by 13% at its Nescafé factory in Toluca.
CONUEE has established the specifications for performing energy audits to assess the energy efficiency potential in each facility. The signing of the voluntary agreements is supported by learning networks and technical assistance, and in turn supports the National Programme for Energy Management (PRONASGEN).