Since December 2018 there has been a new government and a new energy policy in Mexico. This government has called itself the fourth transformation of the country, or “4T”, which includes implementing profound changes in energy policy.
Some of these changes include fostering energy sovereignty by renewed oil production, the creation of the Dos Bocas Refinery, a fight against the illegal extraction of hydrocarbons, the financial rescue of Pemex (Mexico’s state oil company) and non private (or non development) of unconventional gas. Although the objectives are relatively clear, the way in which decisions are being made and policies implemented urgently requires greater transparency to strengthen certainty.
Dr José Alberto Hernández Ibarzábal is a Visiting Fellow at RegNet, conducting postdoctoral research in the areas of socio-economic, governance and environmental challenges of unconventional gas development. His current focus is a research project on the case of Mexico, which includes the lessons from unconventional gas development in Australia. Jose is a strong advocate for consulting with local communities, implementing best regulatory practice to lessen the environmental and human health impacts associated with fracking and creating an energy career civil service in Mexico. José has conducted qualitative research in natural gas regulation since 2005 in Australia, Sweden, Spain and Mexico. Generating knowledge in this area of study has been the main aim of his research, synthesised in six articles, a book chapter, two doctoral theses and one Diploma of Advanced Studies thesis.