Spain should be a climate champion in Europe

Spain should be a climate champion in Europe

The year 2023 is on track to be the hottest on record. The door to keeping alive the goal of the Paris Agreement to prevent the planet from warming more than 1.5 °C is closed, something that is particularly dangerous for Spain.

Our country is one of the European states most threatened by the climate crisis. This year we have been hit particularly hard in the form of floods, successive heat waves and devastating fires. These phenomena, which are only the tip of the iceberg of the climate emergency, cause enormous economic damage, human loss and quality of life. In addition, it poses a major threat to strategic sectors such as agriculture and tourism. Without climate policy, there is no health or well-being. And as the unions remember: on a dead planet, there are no jobs.

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In this context, the Dubai World Climate Summit (COP28) is the key to the fight for a neutral climate in Spain, Europe and the world. From Verdes Equo, we ask to increase the world’s goals so that COP28 is the summit of climate justice. Because those countries that have historically contributed most of the emissions must bear more responsibility and those least responsible for this crisis must stop bearing the worst ecological, social and economic costs.

Spain needs to do its homework and step up its climate ambitions in line with science. This includes reducing pollution emissions by 55% by 2030.

Likewise, the new Government will have its first big opportunity at COP28 to demonstrate its green and progressive nature. For this, we urge the Ministry of Ecological Transition to fulfill, as soon as possible, the agreement between Sumar and PSOE. As agreed, Spain needs to do its homework and increase climate ambition in line with science. This includes reducing polluting emissions by 55% by 2030 and achieving more than 80% renewable energy in electric generation by this date. This in turn will create green and quality jobs, making Spain a green power that serves as a model of sustainability and prosperity throughout Europe.

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To carry out this plan, it is no longer time for statements, but for facts. Therefore, in line with the European Greens, we call for leading the phase-out of fossil fuels without delay. In addition to limiting the presence of fossil lobbyists at COP28 so that climate summits are not a playground for oil companies, the EU and Spain should join a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty and immediately end all direct and indirect subsidies to dirty energy.

The solutions are known and on the table. Now it is a matter of political will. Spain, with its new green and progressive government, must demonstrate its commitment to environmental justice and become a climate champion in Europe.

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