The Government of Spain declares Climate Emergency

Climate change is a fact: the decade of 2010 was the warmest in history and the year 2019 was the hottest in Europe and the second warmest in the world since there are records. And the effects of this phenomenon are especially noticeable in Spain. If the planet has seen its global temperature rise by 1.1ºC since the pre-industrial period, according to the World Meteorological Organization, in Spain the temperature has risen 1.7ºC, according to the Spanish Meteorological Agency in December. The emergency designation indicates both the magnitude of the problem and the urgency of a solution before the damage is irreversible. It is set as the objective and “only possible way” to achieve climate neutrality in 2050.

The Executive declares the climatic and environmental emergency in response to the general consensus of the scientific community that demands urgent action to safeguard the environment, health and safety of citizens. It undertakes to execute the 30 priority lines of action and 5 of them in the first 100 days of Government. This is the fundamental regulatory framework that will inspire the rest of the actions to be undertaken at all levels of the administration. Following this deadline, the Executive undertakes to:

  1. Climate Change and Energy Transition Law. Bring to the Cortes a bill that guarantees to reach zero net emissions no later than 2050.
  2. Decarbonization Define the path of long-term decarbonization of our country, which ensures the objective of climate neutrality by 2050.
  3. National adaptation plan. Invest in a safer and less vulnerable country against the impacts and risks of climate change.
  4. Citizen Assembly of Climate Change. Strengthen existing participation mechanisms with a Citizen Assembly of Climate Change.
  5. Productive transformation: Promote the transformation of our industrial model and the service sector through Fair Transition Agreements and accompanying measures.