The head of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has affirmed this Friday before the president of the United States, Joe Biden, that Spain is leading by example the process of decarbonization and energy transition to fight climate change.
Sánchez has vindicated the actions of Spain in that fight in his speech in English and from the Moncloa Palace on the second day of the telematic climate summit called by Biden and in which some forty international leaders participated. The panel in which Sánchez has intervened was entitled ‘The economic opportunities of climate action’, and in it they have also participated, among others, the Secretary of Transportation of the United States, Pete Buttigieg; the presidents of Nigeria (Muhammadu Buhari), Poland (Andrzej Duda) and Vietnam (Nguyen Xuan Phuc); and representatives of various companies and organizations.
After an initial intervention by Biden in which he thanked Sánchez and other leaders for their participation in the summit, the head of government was the first to speak and congratulated the US president for convening this meeting and for having decided to return your country to the Paris Agreement against climate change. “That is the only way to overcome this existential threat of our time.“, has added.
In his opinion, it is necessary to adopt urgent and decisive measures and in this context he has said that in Spain and the European Union they are working in favor of the environment.
Sánchez has affirmed before Biden and the rest of the participants in the panel that “Spain is leading by example.” “We learned a lot from this process and we want to share our experience because we know that tackling climate change must be a global action. We have to act collectively and we have to do it now without leaving anyone behind, “he added.
Sánchez has considered that the transition without taking into account the environment will not help the recovery and, therefore, he has urged to take advantage of what he considers a historic opportunity to reduce emissions in the future. “The world is asking us to end the expansion of fossil fuels and we want to say that we listen and are determined to take action, “he stressed.
The President of the Government has explained how he believes the energy transition process should be and has considered that decarbonization should have people at its center, and governments should support the affected regions. For Sánchez, the Spanish experience shows that the ecological transition is possible because in the last three years most of the mines and coal plants have been closed. A process that you have said has been done at all times with social dialogue.
To this he has added that investing in new technologies can create almost three times as many jobs than those that generate fossil fuels. In Spain, he recalled that thanks to public-private investments, some 350,000 jobs will be created, many of them in the manufacturing and construction sector.
He also explained that the EU funds to alleviate the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic will amount to 140,000 million in transfers and loans, and that a considerable percentage of them will be used for investments related to the ecological transition.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.