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Spain unveils climate law to cut emissions to net zero by 2050
(Climate Home News, 18 May 2020) The Spanish government is due to present an ambitious draft law to cut the country’s carbon emissions to net zero by 2050 to Parliament on Tuesday.
Spain joins a handful of countries to have set out a legal binding strategy to end their contribution to global heating in the next 30 years.
The draft text, which follows a public consultation started in February 2019, sets the direction of economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
“We would like to have presented this law in other conditions, several weeks ago,” said Spain’s vice president Teresa Ribera, who serves as the minister for the ecological transition, adding the draft bill had to be “a useful guide” to shape the recovery effort.
“This law offers us an incredible opportunity to debate about the country that we want to be,” she said.
Under the law, which still needs to be approved by Parliament, the government is pledging to make Spain’s electricity system 100% renewable by the middle of the century, ban all new coal, oil and gas extraction projects with immediate effect, end direct fossil fuel subsidies and make all new vehicles emission-free by 2040.
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