Friday, March 1, 2024

The Basque Parliament approved the draft Law on Energy Transition and Climate Change

The new standard establishes, among other things, specific objectives regarding the penetration of renewable energy in 2030 and the payment of compensation for companies that install renewable parks. Likewise, the Basque Government should develop a plan to divest from fossil fuels.

After the agreement reached last January by the parliamentary groups of PNV, PSE-EE and EH Bildu about Energy Transition and Climate Change Law, the rule was approved today by the Basque Parliament. This is one of the bills awaiting approval before the Lehendakari calls for regional elections.

As planned, the agreement reached between PNV, PSE-EE and EH Bildu is reflected in the votes and the behavior continues to endorse these groups, with 62 of the 75 parliamentarians of the autonomous legislature. . Other parties-Elkarrekin Podemos-IU, PP, Vox and Ciudadanos-rejected this law.

The new text has the challenge of achieving zero emissions of BAC by 2050, and to this end, they are building concrete goals about emissions reduction and around the penetration of renewable energy:

– By 2030, 32% of BAC’s energy must come from renewables

– The payment of fees is established for companies that install renewable parks (wind and solar)

– The Basque Government, through the Basque Energy Agency (EVE), must complete its divestment from fossil fuels by 2030, thus returning to green energy.

– The Basque Office for Climate Change and a scientific committee will be launched

In his speech at the current session, the Minister of Economic Development, Sustainability and Environment, Arantxa Tapia, thanked the parliamentary groups for their work and support. As he said, “This is an ambitious and at the same time realistic law.

As for the parliamentary groups, PNV, PSE-EE and EH Bildu defended the law and showed their commitment to comply with it. For its part, Elkarrekin Podemos-IU believes that this is an unambitious law, and PP and Vox consider that the behavior has unattainable goals.

The Basque Government presented its project in May 2023, which began processing in June in the Basque Parliament. No opposition group has amended this bill in its entirety, with EH Bildu registering 115 partial amendments; Elkarrekin Podemos-IU, 116; PP, 50, and Ciudadanos, 9. Government partners presented 117 allegations.

While the law was voted in the chamber, outside the environmental network protested against its approval. The Basque Country comes alive. They criticize that the law addresses the interests of large companies that plan to build photovoltaic and wind power plants in Euskadi.

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