When scientist Claudia Sheinbaum takes office, she hopes to bring the city out of the dark.
Erica Sanchez and Joanna Prisco, Global Citizen,
Mexico City’s first elected woman mayor won’t take office until December, but she’s already taking measures to clean up the city’s air.
Environmental scientist Claudia Sheinbaum, who won the election by a large margin in July, is already taking steps to reduce particle contamination by 40%, reported Reuters.
“What we are proposing, and we want to do this even before we enter government, is to have a meeting … with the major automakers,” Sheinbaum said in an interview with Reuters, adding that she will approach embassies of major automaking powers first. “From there we want to generate a new standard for new vehicles, that allows new vehicles to be less and less polluting.”
Mexico has fallen behind in emissions standards for new vehicles, according to Sheinbaum, and the costs for hybrid and electric vehicles that are currently inaccessible to most consumers in the country.