Basque Country approves pioneering climate change bill

30 May 2011

BRUSSELS: The Climate Group member The Basque Country has approved a pioneering climate change bill requiring public administration to incorporate environmental and climate considerations into their planning across all sectors. This document, presented today by the Pilar Unzalu, Minister for the Environment, Regional Planning, Agriculture and Fisheries, is the first of its kind in Spain and similar in Europe only to Scotland’s policy.

More specific actions are set out in the accompanying Basque Climate Change Plan. Core proposals include the assignment of “carbon budgets” to all administrations, obligatory greenhouse gas reduction programs, inclusion of energy savings into all building and refurbishment plans and green public procurement.

With this legislation, the Basque Country aims to consistently stimulate the use of low carbon technologies, increase training and awareness on climate change and to promote changes in consumption patterns.

Luc Bas, Director of European Programs, The Climate Group says: “With this innovative legislation, the Basque Country is setting an inspiring example for Europe and beyond. The Climate Group is honoured to count this ambitious climate leader amongst the members of its States and Regions Alliance, and is looking forward to a continued collaboration on the road to a prosperous low-carbon future.”

Read more on our work with the Basque County

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