Bonn (Germany), Nov 16 (EFE) .- The Spanish Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment (MAPAMA), Isabel García Tejerina, said today in the plenary of the climate summit of Bonn (COP23) that his department "is already implementing" what was assumed in the Paris Agreement.
García Tejerina explained that his ministry works on a Law on Climate Change and Energy Transition for 2030, which will be a standard "of all, a true framework for Public Administrations, private sector and civil society that will decarbonize the economy ".
Spain is" on track to meet its goal of reducing emissions to 2020, with a decrease in gases of 3.5% in 2016 compared to 2015, and financing climatic, with 595 million euros contributed in 2016 that bring us closer to the goal of mobilizing 900 million euros per year promised after 2020, "he said.
He also noted that is "putting in place measures to adapt to the impacts of climate change in sectors as vulnerable as water and agriculture".
"Within our commitment to the Agenda for Global Climate Action, we work to add initiatives that promote new cooperation formulas, such as the new Spanish Platform for Climate Action, which seeks to align business strategies with government actions, "he explained.
According to García Tejerina," Spain is working to make COP23 a success and a fundamental milestone to ensure that COP24 the Paris Agreement has the necessary rules to ensure its operation and environmental integrity. "
In addition," we must ensure that the Talanoa Dialogue design guarantee a well-informed reflection on the level of ambition necessary, in line with what science demands, "he concluded.
The Dialogue initiative of Talanoa, which takes this name from spirit of consensus and trust with which the natives of those islands sit in a circle to solve their problems, will monitor how governments and non-state actors prepare themselves to fulfill the promises of emission reduction, adaptation and financing established in the Paris Agreement.
Speaking to the media after hearing the intervention of the Minister, the spokesman for climate change of Equo / Podemos, Juan Lopez de Uralde, said that García Tejerina "has sold smoke at COP23 and has not shown any ambition or desire for leadership European ".
" It has been limited to justifying Spanish policies, repeating as the main element the promise of a climate change law as it did a year ago at the previous summit, while twelve months later we still do not have that norm in an unjustified way, "added López de Uralde.
He considered the" absence "of the Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, at COP23 "it is unjustifiable."
Rajoy "has lost the opportunity to show leadership in the fight against climate change, as his counterparts in Germany and France did yesterday (the German Chancellor) Angela Merkel and (the French Head of State) Emmanuel Macron, and, instead, has shown the Government's disinterest in an issue to which the country and its citizens, "he stressed.
According to Greenpeace climate change spokeswoman Tatiana Nuño," since the minister has boasted that the future law has had a participatory process, we hope that the contributions of the environmental organizations will be reflected in the future norm. "
Nuño recalled that, despite the fact that" more than 80% of the energy used in Spain comes from fossil fuels and nuclear energy, the Executive to which Tejerina belongs "is the only one in Western Europe that has not considered the abandonment of coal".