Spotlight Activity: Spain Draft Energy Law Finalized
Spain has responded to a request from the European Union that all EU member countries establish a plan to address the relationship between energy and climate. Spain drafted a Law on Climate Change and Energy Transition (LCCYTE), a law that has not been finalized due to political problems and the new change of government in Spain in the last few months.
However, the new government’s Minister for the Environment Teresa Ribera, being aware that Spain is one of the countries of the European Union that has increased its emissions between 2014 and 2017, has stressed the need for the draft of this law to be finalized as soon as possible.
In addition, to complement the LCCYTE and to ensure that Spain’s Paris Agreement commitments are fulfilled at the end of the year 2018, a new National integrated Energy and Climate Plan will be developed to cover the period 2021-2030. Spain also will establish an independent Commission to monitor the progress of Spain’s efforts to combat climate change.
Status: Right Direction
The new Law on Climate Change and Energy Transition, if finalized by the new government, would be an important step in Spain’s efforts to combat climate change. But policies makers need to make sure that they honor the law’s Article 4 provision that calls for access to information, education and public participation and transparency in the law’s implementation. There also will be a need for Spain’s different regions to enact policies that are consistent with the principles and goals of the new law.
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