“Let me be very clear,” began Wopke Hoekstra, European Commissioner for Climate Action. “We have to eliminate all fossil fuels. That’s simple,” added the Dutch politician. The community politician appeared in the media this Wednesday with the third vice president of the government and minister for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge, Teresa Ribera, for holding the presidency of the European Union this semester. “We need clear language about the elimination of fossil fuels,” stressed the Spanish politician.
In their speech, the two leaders pointed out that ending fossil fuels “is an important part for the EU and for our negotiating mandate,” Hoekstra said. “This means that the 27 EU Member States want it to be part of the negotiated outcome,” he stressed.
In addition, the commissioner of the community issued a warning on sectors with difficult decarbonization, although he did not mention it. “Carbon capture and storage is not the solution,” he said. “We know it is difficult, but companies or countries cannot get away from these technologies. “There is no alternative,” he warned. “We have to be specific with these tools so that money is not wasted,” explained Teresa Ribera.
CO2 capture and storage (CCS) is another point of debate and negotiation at the COP28 table, especially as a transitional solution for industries such as steel, chemicals, or cement.
In her speech, Teresa Ribera emphasized the position of Spain and Europe by emphasizing the words of Commissioner Hoekstra. The Spanish policy asks other countries to follow the steps of the European Union and increase financing for the most vulnerable countries.
“We will continue to help the most vulnerable, but we need to expand the taxpayer base,” he said. Companies, banks, and governments must do the right thing to reduce the impact of climate change. “We are in a critical decade,” he warned.