To fulfill its commitments to the EU in terms of climate and energy, Spain must submit a draft of the National Integrated Energy and Climate Plan 2021-2030 at the end of the year 2019 whose objective will be to comply with the international commitments acquired by our country, which implies a reduction of our emissions by 20% in 2030 and 90% in 2050 compared to the levels in 1990. In line with the Plan, the Government is working on the elaboration of a Law on Climate Change and Energetic Transition.

One of the points that will be included in the future Climate Change Law, in addition to the obligation for listed companies to submit climate and carbon risk reports of their activity, is the preparation and publication by the Bank of Spain of periodic reports on the status of the Spanish economy, its vulnerabilities, risks and strengths in the face of climate change. Also, the law will include the inclusion of mandatory green criteria in public procurement and the promotion of a tax reform that advances environmental taxation in Spain

The Energy Transition involves a significant number of actors – producing companies, consumers, administrations, interest groups, vulnerable groups. In order to achieve the European energy efficiency objectives, the European Commission has proposed several action initiatives:

  • Establishing a framework to improve energy efficiency in general, and especially that energy poverty will be considered when Administration have to design new schemes for energy efficiency obligations or alternative measures.
  • Increasing energy efficiency in buildings because it is necessary to increase the rate of energy renovation of buildings in the EU (currently 1% per year) to achieve the decarbonization of the park by 2050; improving measurement and information systems to consumers, and enhancing smart buildings through ICTs.
  • Improving the energy efficiency of products (Ecodesign) and informing consumers (review of energy labeling).
  • Designing new financing schemes for energy efficiency measures.

Responding to these challenges, the General Directorate of Architecture has organized the training event: CHALLENGES IN THE DECARBONIZATION OF THE BUILDING SECTOR. THE ENERGY TRANSITION May 8 at the IES Emeritus Augusta, Mérida.