The Council of Ministers has approved on Tuesday a “declaration of weather emergency,” in which he recognizes the urgency to act against global warming. This type of statements, which do not have legal status any, have been approved in various institutions within and outside of Spain since about a year ago. United kingdom was the first country to do this, and then have been adding more States. Within Spain have made cities such as Madrid and Barcelona, county councils, regional Governments (just recently the Canary islands) and other institutions, as some universities.
The problem in many of these cases is that the declarations of emergency are just that, statements, as have been criticized environmental organizations or scientists, which warn of the need to act urgently.
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The vice-president fourth and minister for the Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, has ensured that the declaration adopted on Tuesday will be accompanied by around thirty measures. Highlighted by the referral of the draft law on climate change during the first 100 days of Government, the presentation of a path to eliminate emissions of greenhouse gases in Spain by 2030 —as had already been agreed to by the Executive— and the presentation of a national plan of adaptation, something which is also contemplated by the previous socialist Government. As a novelty, Ribera has announced that it will create a “citizens assembly” on climate change, following the French model, to reinforce the participation of the society in this matter.
with Respect to the law, the Ministry for the Ecological Transition has been noted through a press note that the rule must serve to ensure “net emissions to zero by no later than 2050, pushing it to a system electric 100% renewable, a park of passenger cars and commercial vehicles with emissions of zero grams of CO2 per kilometer, an agrarian system CO2-neutral equivalent, and a fiscal system, budget and financial support with the necessary decarbonisation of the economy and of society.” In short, the same goals that have already been established in the draft law prepared by the Executive socialist earlier and whose referral to Congress was cut short by the advance election.
Bank, as the spokesperson of the Government, María Jesús Montero, has highlighted the transversality of the 30 measures, which will be taken in the next 100 days. For example, there are fiscal measures, such as the veto to the creation of new subsidies to fossil fuels and the review of existing. While including the caveat of “cases justified by reasons of social or technological”, which will retain or create new ones.
last September, a few months before the dissolve of the Parliament for the holding of the elections, all parties, except Vox, approved in the plenary of the Congress a motion which urged Spain to declare the state of emergency of the climate. And Pedro Sanchez vowed to do so when it was invested.Updated Date: 21 January 2020, 13:00