Sanchez’s “Common Progressive Program” brings new initiatives for the energy transition

Common Progressive Program

Pedro Sanchez presented the 370 measures he commits to fulfill if he is invested. In his “Open Proposal for a Common Progressive Program,” the president offers, among other initiatives, to promote the adoption of the Law for Climate Change and Energy Transition.

He also proposes the implementation of a Comprehensive National Plan for Energy and Climate and the Fair Transition Strategy. To this end, he includes decarbonization, efficiency, and sustainable mobility as key points.

Electrical System Reform

The document, presented on Tuesday, includes the preparation of an Electrical System Reform Plan, an instrument that the government hopes will “favor the transition toward decarbonization and affordable prices for consumers and companies.”

This proposal includes legal reforms to provide a solid payment framework for electric power production from renewable sources.

The text emphasizes the need to build the broadest social and political consensus. It stresses this is crucial to achieve the goal of a 100% renewably electricity supply by 2050. Furthermore, it expects to reach 85% to 95% by 2040.

In order to achieve this, the government proposes a calendar establishing the closure dates of coal and nuclear power stations, without increasing electricity prices.

The program will be based on the observations made by the European Commission.

Sanchez also proposes making legal regulations to progressively decrease the cost of renewable energies. The main purpose is to guarantee adequate returns and the full development of renewable sources.

Toward sustainable mobility

The document contains a proposal to pass a Law for Sustainable Mobility and Public Transport Funding. The measures presented include infrastructure policies to guarantee the right to safe and efficient mobility, both in urban and rural zones.

Other measures include a series of legal reforms so that municipalities with more than 50,000 citizens create low emissions areas.

This plan also includes a ban on personal and commercial vehicles that produce carbon dioxide emissions as of 2040. The measure, which excludes cars registered as historical vehicles, is maybe one of the most controversial ones.

The government had been previously forced to eliminate the word “ban” from the draft National Energy and Climate Plan 2021-2030 sent to Brussels, although the measure did remain in reality the same.

Recently, the European Commissioner for Internal Market and Industry Elzbieta Bienkowska assured that a complete ban of new petrol and diesel cars is not compatible with EU legislation.

Additionally, the Common Progressive Program proposes the creation of a line of public-private investment to develop new battery technology in Spain. The measure seeks to support the production of less polluting vehicles with sustainability criteria.

In line with these goals, it also includes a financial aid scheme for EVs.

Supporting the industrial sector

Sanchez’s Common Progressive Program would include a new Industry Law and Industrial Development Plan as a basis to establish a path for energy transition and decarbonization by 2030.

In order to promote corporate participation in the energy transition processes, the proposal includes environmental taxation, in line with measures implemented by members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

This program will seek to facilitate investment and expense decisions that are consistent with decarbonization, healthcare, and innovation.

Similarly, the General Secretariat of the Treasury or the Official Credit Institute will increase green bond issuance. The measure includes linking public debt to funding low emission projects.

Sustainable agriculture

The Common Progressive Program also establishes plans to promote sustainable production in the agriculture sector.

In this sense, the government seeks to establish a production model that is socially and environmentally sustainable. This instrument will promote cooperation in the farming sector, as part of a policy aimed at improving competitiveness in this industry.

Lastly, the program proposes the creation of an Environmental Security Council that includes the ministries of energy and climate, water and biodiversity, agriculture, fishing, food, forest policy and fight against forest fires, civil protection, health services, science and innovation, as well as autonomous experts on these issues and non-profits.

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