Spain creates ministry of the environment as part of its fight against climate change

Spain committing to the fight against climate change

By Energía16

05/06/2018

The new Spanish president is already diving into the topic of the fight against climate change. Pedro Sanchez has created a new ministry in charge of the Environment, Energy, and Climate Change, Europa Press reported.

The purpose is to comply with the commitments that the nation adopted as part of the Paris Accord. Additionally, it will be in charge of executing the energy transition and decarbonization. Sanchez proposes to adapt to an environmental policy focused on water, biodiversity, and meteorology.

The topic was addressed during the Rajoy government; however, there were many outstanding issues. One of said topics was the Law for Climate Change, which has yet to be implemented and could now be resumed by the new government.

Spain committing to the fight against climate change

The website indicates that the ministry of the Environment, which was separated from the agriculture, fishing, food, and rural affairs ministries, could be brought back.

In 2008, then-president Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero merged this ministry with the ministry of rural and marine affairs. In Moncloa, some have mentioned Cristina Narbona, head of PSOE, as a possible candidate to preside this ministry. Narbona led the ministry of the environment during the Rodriguez Zapatero administration between 2004 and 2008.

Another strong candidate is Hugo Moran, current secretary of the environment and rural affairs (from PSOE) in the socialist cabinet designed by Sanchez. Moran, MP for Asturias, also served as federal secretary of environment and rural development from 2008 to 2012.

The third profile for a possible candidate is Natalia Fabra, a professor of energy economy at the Carlos III University and member of PSOE’s Council for Environmental Economic Transition.

The list of former ministers of the environment in Spain includes Isabel Tocino (1996-2000); Jaume Matas (2000-2003); Elvira Rodriguez (2003-2004), and Cristina Narbona (2004-2012).

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