This report applies the PAFER to Mexico’s Agency for Safety, Energy and Environment and assesses its functions, practices and behaviour. It focuses on internal governance, including structures and processes for decision making, managing financial resources, attracting and retaining talent, managing data and assessing performance. The review identifies a number of challenges and opportunities for improvement, and is a companion to reviews of the internal governance of two other Mexican energy regulators, the National Hydrocarbons Commission and the Energy Regulatory Commission, and the review of the external governance of the country’s energy sector, Driving Performance of Mexico’s Energy Regulators.
MEXICO'S AGENCY FOR SAFETY, ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT
ASEA is a multi-disciplinary regulator with the mission of overseeing industrial and operational safety and environmental protection. Its responsibilities run through the entire hydrocarbons value chain, from upstream exploration and extraction to midstream and downstream transformation, production and storage, and all the way to distribution and retail at petrol station level.
Established in 2015 as part of the energy reform, ASEA operates in a complex legal setting, referring to eleven federal laws and attached to the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), relying on the Ministry for financial and administrative management
ASEA has navigated initial challenges linked to its operationalisation admirably, notably by successfully absorbing functions from a variety of actors, issuing regulations for previously unregulated areas, and defining and implementing robust management processes. The consolidation of these results and processes will be crucial for the successful implementation of the energy reform in the coming years.