The Minister for the Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, defended on Monday 11 in the EU Energy Council that comply with the Paris Agreement to combat climate change requires more ambitious targets in renewable and energy efficiency by 2030.
The minister has acknowledged that she has joined the negotiations of the EU energy package when they are already in the final stretch, but has insisted that “there is still time to improve” the legislative proposal for energy planning in the next decade.
“It has been an extraordinarily important Council and Spain has come to show that we stop dragging our feet in this matter and we align ourselves with the most ambitious goals in renewable and efficiency because it is the only way to make the Paris Agreement viable”, he declared. Bank.
In terms of renewables, Spain has supported the most ambitious objective in the negotiation: at least 34% of renewables by 2030 (compared to 27% starting), which is the minimum fixed by the International Agency for Renewable Energy (IRENA) so that Europe can comply with the Paris Agreement.
In efficiency, Spain has opted to establish the highest target that is shuffled: 33% in 2030 (compared to 30% starting).
Another of Spain’s major objectives in the negotiation of energy governance is to introduce a revision clause in the energy package that allows renewable energy objectives to be modified upwards, never downwards. This clause would allow reaching more ambitious goals according to the technological and economic context.
In addition, the Ministry for the Ecological Transition supports the request of the European Parliament to prohibit the so-called “sun tax”, as well as any obstacle to the development of self-consumption.
“Spain is back to be a fundamental actor of progress in the European construction. We understand that in this complex world in which we live, we must position Europe in a progressive, environmental and fair model for citizens “, he added.
The turn of Spain in energy matters opens the door for Europe to opt for more ambitious objectives to fight against climate change.
Ribera has held bilateral meetings throughout the day with France and Portugal to align positions and address the proper functioning of the Iberian electricity market, as well as with the Commissioner for Energy and Climate Action, Miguel Arias Cañete.
The Presidency of the Council of the EU aims to achieve consensus among the countries to be able to close the energy package negotiations before the end of this month.
Ribera has also stressed that the ecological transition will not leave any worker or territory on the road. On the contrary, he stressed that “it has the potential to become an engine for the creation of more and better jobs, and boost competitiveness.”
The minister has advanced that she will work with all administrations, trade unions and companies in that line, since the Government is “fully aware that there are territories in a situation of vulnerability in this transition, which require accompanying policies such as those that will be implemented.
Vía | AgroInformación.