The environmental advisers of the Autonomous Communities met on Monday with the fourth vice president and minister for the Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge, Teresa Ribera, to learn about the strategic lines that the Government has in environmental matters.
During the Sectorial Conference of the Environment, Ribera has informed the councilors of the draft Law on Climate Change and Energy Transition, as well as the priorities that the Ministry for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge (Miteco) intends to carry out in this legislature.
The Minister of the Environment of the Valencian Community, Mireia Mollà, said that during the meeting “very important issues for the coming months and years” have been addressed, such as the strategy for the treatment and management of waste or the plan for adaptation of the coast.
José Luis Escudero, Minister of Sustainable Development of Castilla-La Mancha, has described the meeting as “very intense”, since the Ministry “has presented us with the draft Law on Climate Change and Energy Transition” which, according to Escudero, “is aligned with the objectives set by the regional government. “
Among the issues addressed during the meeting, the Autonomous Communities councilors have highlighted the draft sustainable development law, job creation through the development of renewable energy and a common action plan on air quality, as well as approaches to prepare a draft waste law.
The extension of the execution deadlines of the ‘PIMA Adapta Costas’ has also been present among the issues addressed because, according to Mollà, it is “important” to analyze the effects of climate change on the coasts, whose solution must focus “more on deconstruction and naturalization than in civil works. “
Another concern of some regions is that the transition is “fair”, an aspect “very important for regions that have lived in the coal industry and need additional help,” said Escudero.
The Minister of Development and Environment of Castilla y León, Juan Carlos Suárez-Quiñones, has indicated that “there are numerous uncertainties regarding transition policies and their financing.”
The next step for the draft Bill on Climate Change is that it reaches the State Council, from where it will have to go to the Council of Ministers and, subsequently, to Congress.
The Sector Conference is a multilateral cooperation body between the General State Administration and the autonomous administrations, in which measures are agreed to improve the exercise of their respective competences.