On Tuesday, May 19th, the Spanish government has announced that it will present its ambitious
climate and energy transition law to the Parliament. This draft law aims at cutting the country’s
carbon emissions to zero by 2050 and it defines a clear institutional framework with ambitious
mid-term targets that are consistent with those established by the Paris Agreement.
By 2030, the government aims to reduce emissions by 23% from 1990 levels and double the
proportion of renewable sources in total energy consumption to 35-42%.
To do so, clean energy sources will need to make up at least 70% — striving for 74% — of the
electricity mix in the next 10 years and efficiency measures will need to reduce energy
consumption by at least 35%, primarily through the renovation of buildings.
Among key elements of this draft law, according to UNEF, the Spanish PV Association, are the
establishment of a commission of experts on climate change and the energy transition to
evaluate progress, that will coordinate climate change policies across communities, and the
identification of energy efficiency measures and renewable energy deployment as key leverage
for the country’s economic recovery.
UNEF hopes that there will be consensus among the Spanish political parties and that this
climate law will be approved by the Parliament in the short term.
However, for the Spanish PV industry to act as a driver of the country’s economic recovery, on
the short term new renewable energy auctions should be carried out and the law on the reform
of the Access and Connection process should be passed to grant more transparency and