In Mexico, an industrial park is a delimited area of land that meets the following main criteria:
Since 1999 and with the validation of the Federal Secretary of Economy, AMPIP actively promotes the certification of industrial real estate developments under the Mexican Standard for Industrial Parks NMX-R-046-SCFI-2011. This standard provides evidence on the compliance of permits and regulations, on the availability of public services and on the quality of utilities and urban design of land for industrial operations. Therefore, a certified industrial park guaranties certainty, by ensuring optimal conditions for tenants.
The standard is revised and updated every five years. The new 2011 version aligns the criteria of compliance with other Mexican official standards related to electrical installations, energy efficiency in roadway lighting, and environmental regulations for sewage discharge and drainage networks. It also specifies the requirement of environmental impact, adding an appendix with applicable requirements to obtain the "Clean Industrial Park Recognition" issued by the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA).
Some municipalities have recognized the Mexican Standard for Industrial Parks as a reference for urban planning issues and incentives, like in Mexicali and Tecate, Baja California and the City of San Luis Potosi. More and more authorities are now convinced about the impact of industrial parks on the economy, as they have represent an important determinant for the location decision on foreign direct investment projects. For the community, besides creating new jobs, certified industrial parks preserve the ecology, by having a rational consumption of electricity and water. In addition, they can be an integral solution for the urban plans of cities. They also increase tax revenues and raise the living standard of the people where they are established.
It is necessary to contact a Verification Unit (UV) accredited by the Mexican Accreditation Agency (EMA), to make an audit for the compliance of criteria under the Mexican Standard for Industrial Parks, NMX-R-046-SCFI-2011. The only UV registered for that purpose is the firm CIEN Consultores, which in alliance with AMPIP, promotes the quality of infrastructure within industrial parks in Mexico.
The first step to obtain the certification is the formal request of a "verification service".
To achieve the mission of promoting the development of competitive and sustainable industrial parks, AMPIP encourages the implementation of best practices for environmental protection. The goal is to deliver appropriate spaces for companies operating within industrial parks, which can help them to be more efficient on their businesses.
As a first action to promote the protection of the environment, in 2013, AMPIP established the "Green Industrial Park Recognition" (PIV), based on specific criteria to distinguish those developments that have taken actions to reduce water consumption, energy and pollutants emissions to the environment. Candidates should also prove the compliance of current standards in these areas and provide evidences of commitment for Continuous Improvement through either training, process optimization, substitution of obsolete equipment or any similar action.
Thus, a Green Industrial Park is a development: a) with actions in energy, water and environmental protection that comply with minimum parameters or above the ones established in the Mexican or international valid regulations; and b) that follows permanent and verifiable actions for the improvement of processes, equipment and systems, with a positive impact in the preservation of natural resources and environmental protection.
In June 2013, AMPIP granted the first Green Industrial Park Recognition (PIV) to FINSA Iztapalapa Industrial Park
In March 2015, AMPIP granted the second PIV Recognition to Vie Verte Industrial Park
In June 2015, AMPIP granted the third PIV Recognition to Intermex Carolina Industrial Park
AMPIP provides to its members the "Recognition of Sustainable Industrial Park" (PIS), which has a broader scope than the Green Park Recognition because it considers three kind of accomplishments:
In June 2013, AMPIP granted the first Recognition of Sustainable Industrial Park Recognition to FINSA Iztapalapa Industrial Park
To promote the development of competitive and sustainable industrial parks, AMPIP encourage actions related to logistics in industrial parks, according to market trends.
Among these actions are:
In response to new global trends, AMPIP promotes a culture in security through the implementation of best international standards that allow tenants in industrial parks to operate in order and peace. The goal is to create an integrated security network that can protect their people and assets, while ensuring the continuity of their business before potential threats.
Best practices include physical and property security standardized services and the use of technologies to establish cross-linking systems for all functional areas. All these actions, as a preamble to the eventual Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) certification for industrial parks and in-bond warehouses (Recintos Fiscalizados Estratégicos) that operate as Free Trade Zones. Such an standard has been created by the World Customs Organization (WCO) for the security of global trade chains and known in Mexico as NEEC (New Scheme for Certified Companies). The goal for AMPIP is to achieve an evolution of traditional industrial parks to Smart and Safe industrial parks.