Minister Teresa Ribera announces plan to reach carbon neutrality in 2050

The acting Minister for Ecological Transition Teresa Ribera hopes Spain can achieve carbon neutrality in 2050.“This will be a decisive year for climate ambition,”

Ribera stated during a forum organized on Thursday in Madrid in the lead-up for the COP25, which will be held in that city on December 2-13.

During her address, Ribera analyzed the role of Spain and the European Union in the fight against climate change. In this sense, she stated that what’s currently on the table “is clearly insufficient.”


Ribera hopes the upcoming conference will “open a new cycle” and that international climate negotiation will give way to a new phase of action and greater ambition to combat the climate emergency.

Law, plan and strategy

The minister recalled that under the current commitments pledged under the 2015 Paris Agreement, the signing countries must present or update their national climate plans before the end of 2020 with compliance periods between 2025 and 2030.

Spain, she said, has three instruments to achieve this goal: the Law for Climate Change (still in draft phase), the National Energy and Climate Plan 2021-2030 and the Just Transition deal.


These fundaments “guarantee a predictability framework that provides certainty for all agents, especially the private sector and investors,” Ribera remarked.

She expects Spain will attain carbon neutrality. In other worlds, the country could achieve net zero CO2 by balancing carbon emissions with carbon removal by 2050.

Carbon neutrality

“Climate action needs a legal text that is up to the challenge,” the minister commented.

She highlighted that the Congress has asked the Government to declare a “climate emergency” and activates cross-cutting policies with “maximum urgency” to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.

Ribera also the idea of raising Europe’s climate targets for 2030. Thus, the pledged carbon emissions reduction could go from 40% to 50% and even 55% if other countries also step up their goals, she assured at EFE’s Leadership Forum.

Climate and Green Zone Conference

The Climate Conference, which will be held in Madrid following Chile’s decision to step down as host, is encouraging civil society to show its commitment with climate action in the Green Zone, according to the Ministry for Ecological Transition.

This is an opportunity to mobilize organizations, businesses, and public administrations around sustainability and the fight against climate change.


The event will entail 15 days of climate action in Madrid. It will be held at the IFEMA compound – Feria de Madrid, occupying a total of seven pavilions, for a total of 100,000 square meters, as well as an additional space of about 13,000 square meters in the congress area.

The Conference of the Parties (COP) is the UN body for climate change. In its 25th meeting, the 197 Parties that form this group – 196 nations plus the European Union – will work toward the implementation of agreements that establish specific obligations for all Parties aimed at combatting climate change.

The first COP was held in Berlin in 1995 and so far there have been 24, with the last one held in Katowice, Poland, in December 2018.

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See also: The UN 2019 Climate Summit is a race against time

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