Mexico – Household energy sector strategy for the state of Puebla [MX-23-002]

  •  Opening date: 12 April 2023
  • Closing date: 23 May 2023
  • Estimated budget: US$ 90,000
  • Sector: Household energy


This project responds to a request made by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources to reduce black carbon emissions from the household energy sector in the state of Puebla. More information on Mexico’s involvement in the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) is available on its Partner Page.

The Government of Mexico is carrying out a deep transformation of climate policy to benefit the most vulnerable populations across the country. National and subnational environment ministries in Mexico are developing strategies to reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) in their air quality and climate change programmes.

At a minimum, this project will deliver a Household Energy Sector Strategy for the State of Puebla which includes a black carbon assessment for the residential sector with a focus on the burning of residential fuels for cooking to support Mexico’s inclusion of black carbon in their Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), as well as policy recommendations for SLCP reductions in the sector. The project will lay the foundation for improved air quality monitoring of PM2.5 and black carbon exposure in targeted communities. This project compliments ongoing projects for black carbon mitigation funded by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation for North America.

This project is expected to launch in Q1 2024.

Key partners

This project will involve close collaboration with the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) of North America (Canada, Mexico, and the United States), INECC (Instituto Nacional de Ecología y Cambio Climático), SEMERNAT (Secretaría de medio ambiente y recursos naturales), subnational environmental government authorities in the state of Puebla, NGOs, and local communities.

Expected results

Applicants are encouraged to propose additional outputs as needed to ensure the expected project outcomes are achieved. Applicants can determine the scope of outputs if not specified. The project is expected to deliver at a minimum:

1. The Government endorses the Household Energy Sector Strategy, local community assessment, black carbon assessment and policy recommendations by the end of the project.   

Indicator: Number of action plans, roadmaps, strategies, or other future plans with SLCP targets or mitigation measures 

Output 1.1: Household Energy Sector Strategy which includes at a minimum:

  • Review of current laws, policies, and regulations (sub-national and national as relevant)
  • Black carbon assessment for the household energy sector in Puebla State which includes emissions sources
  • Black carbon mitigation options and emissions reductions potential including from alternative clean cooking fuels and technologies
  • Cost of implementation and sources of funding
  • Co-benefits assessment including health impacts
  • Gender analysis including disaggregated data on health impacts of black carbon emissions, and co-benefits of emissions reductions on health and livelihoods. 
  • Monitoring, reporting, and evaluation framework
  • Policy recommendations to advance clean cooking fuels and technologies in sub-national planning

2. The Government of the State of Puebla has increased capacity to monitor, assess, and reduce black carbon emissions from the household energy sector by the end of the project.

Indicator: Number of government entities with improved capacity for SLCP action.

Output 2.1: Deliver trainings to sub-national authorities on monitoring air pollution from residential cooking, assessing options for cleaner-fuels and technologies, and increasing awareness on the health and climate benefits of a

Application process

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for consideration, project proposals must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete and submitted before the deadline
  • Submitted by a non-governmental organization (NGO), intergovernmental organization (IGO), or other not-for-profit entity. Governments are not eligible to apply directly for funding in this call.
  • Requested funding is within the estimated budget amount, or includes a clear justification for additional expenses
  • Project duration is less than 24 months
  • Budget criteria are met and spending caps on expenses are respected

For-profit entities may only participate in the project as stakeholders, co-funders, or end users. Applicants are encouraged to include for-profit entities in the development of the project proposal and/or during project implementation if their ownership of the proposed solution is key to the project’s success. 

How to apply

Eligible applicants are invited to apply any time before 23 May 2023 using the Application Form and Excel Budget Form. Specific instructions on completing these forms are available in both documents.

Applicants may choose to follow the cost range proposed above OR propose a different budget supported by a clear justification. However, applicants should note that cost efficiency will play a significant role in the selection process.

The completed Application Form and Excel Budget Form should be submitted to secretariat [at]

Evaluation criteria

Proposals will be evaluated against the following criteria:

  • Presents a clear plan to achieve the required outcomes during the lifetime of the project or soon after
  • Includes a plan or activities to enable the scaling up of, replication of, or sustained use of project results over time
  • Sets out a clear approach for enabling or contributing to SLCP emissions reductions and resulting co-benefits
  • Involves relevant stakeholders
  • Approach is grounded in a strong understanding of relevant risks
  • Complements other relevant initiatives, funding mechanisms, and existing policy processes
  • Applicant demonstrates necessary capacity and experience to perform the work
  • A realistic, cost-effective, and clearly justified budget and approach is proposed
  • Project meets the minimum requirements for the OECD DAC gender equality marker Score 1

Selection process

  1. A preliminary review of proposals submitted by the deadline will be conducted by members of the CCAC Secretariat, Funding Task Team, and Board, in consultation with relevant CCAC Partners. 
  2. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to present their proposals in further detail and to respond to follow-up questions about their application.
  3. Successful applicants will be invited to develop a Project Implementation Plan and Detailed Budget in consultation with the CCAC Secretariat and relevant CCAC Partners.

The selection process may take up to 6 months after the closing date of the call for proposals. Due to the high volume of requests, the CCAC will not respond to requests for updates or feedback during this time.