Spain is in a great position to boost an ecological, fair, and just transition, powered by an unprecedented deployment of renewable energy – which must be compatible with biodiversity conservation and respectful with local populations-, accompanied by efficiency and energy saving measures in all economic sectors while involving all key actors in society transformation (business, civil society organisations, sectoral associations, citizens) and all levels of decision-making (local, regional and national).
Spain – climate action progress in figures
Check Spain’s implementation of its National Energy and Climate Plan
Spanish gross GHG emissions have increased by 5.1% in 2021 compared to 2020, breaking the downward trend driven by Covid-19, although remaining below the 1990 levels (-0.5%). Similarly, total final energy consumption has experienced a significant drop of 14.7% in 2020 compared to 2019 but has increased again by 8.8% in 2021. On the other hand, renewable energies maintain an upwards trajectory between 2019 and 2021 both in electricity generation (+23.8%) and in final energy consumption (+16.1%).
The Spanish draft establishes higher climate and energy targets than previous 2019 NECP that need to be met with decisive GHG emissions cuts in all sectors, strong and inclusive efficiency measures, nature-friendly and community-focused renewables deployment, and clear and timely phase out of fossil fuels.
The transition of Spain to build a prosperous, equitable and sustainable future implies not only the decarbonization of all sectors of the economy in this decade but also a profound transformation of the society and the modernization of the economy. This is a crucial moment for Spain to adopt a good climate and energy plan that leaves no one behind and takes care of the planet. With the NECPs, we now have the opportunity to make it real.