The national parliamentary parties coincided yesterday, with their inevitable differences, in the need to promote a “fair” energy transition that helps to combat climate change, accelerates decarbonization and cuts down greenhouse gas emissions while takes advantage of the economic opportunities in this area.
During the presentation of the debate Climate change and general elections, organized by Fundación Alternativas and Fundación Iberdrola in Madrid, Diego López Garrido, executive vice president of Alternativas, regretted that, at the current step, “Spain will not reach the EU’s objectives by 2020” (20% reduction in gases with greenhouse, 20% of the energy from renewable sources and improves energy efficiency by 20%). “Neither will France, Germany or the United Kingdom reach them, but other European countries have arrived, such as Sweden, Finland, Italy, Hungary or Denmark”, he added.
Also, the president of the Iberdrola Foundation, Fernando García Sánchez, warned that climate change “affects all countries, has a negative impact on the economy and people and has future effects that will be worse than what is happening now”. Therefore, he added, “Iberdrola and the Foundation have been supporting in a totally blatant way the actions that favor the objective of sustainable development related to climate action”.
The Secretary of State for the Environment and member of the Federal Executive of the PSOE, Hugo Morán, said that his party’s electoral program, which will be presented today, includes several measures against climate change, such as the approval of the draft Law on Climate Change and Energy Transition, the creation of an Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan and the implementation of a Just Transition Strategy that helps “reduce uncertainties and fears of society as a whole” in the face of the changes that are approaching productive model.
For his part, the head of Energy of the Popular Party, Guillermo Mariscal, said that his party defends a “just and sustainable transition, without winners or losers”, through an energy transition plan based on the defense of a competitive energy, in the modernization of electricity grids, in energy efficiency and in the generation of emission-free electricity. “We must not demonize nuclear energy, because there are no left or right technologies”. he warned. “The international leadership must be accompanied by the technology we have in Spain, because otherwise we will become net importers”, he added.
In the same act, Juan Lopez de Uralde, MP of EQUO in Unidas Podemos, advocated the creation of an Investment Bank for the Ecological Transition to finance projects in this area and lamented that “neither the PP nor the PSOE have been able to record a Law of Climate Change and Energy Transition in Congress” because “the energetic and industrial lobbies have prevented it”. “Almost all the countries in our area have it, but we are not able to agree to approve the law because there is no political will to deal with climate change”, he complained.
For his part, Enrique Veloso, MP at the Madrid Assembly for Ciudadanos, defended the energy transition as “an opportunity to consolidate a model of sustainable economic growth” and advocated a State Pact for the Energy Transition, approved by “consensus” and that allows “an intelligent energy transition that guarantees environmental sustainability, cost competitiveness and security of supply”.