Cercle Demands Political Leadership Against The Climate Crisis

Political leadership . This is one of the essential elements to combat the climate crisis , given that the energy transition , which must be “fair, fast and effective” will require many measures “some of them unpopular”.

This is the message of the Cercle d’Economia in its opinion note “Background changes for sustainable growth “, in which it places this matter at the top of the agenda since “climate risk is already an investment risk today” and calls for the creation of a Ministry of Ecological Transition with the rank of vice-presidency in the future Government of the Generalitat, as in the central Executive.

Although it is the companies that have to implement the change of model, the leadership “has to be political”, in a context aggravated by the COVID crisis and with the opportunity for European funds to face a sustainable recovery.

The Cercle, in its opinion note, calls on the central government to follow the line set from Europe and distribute “strategically the reconstruction funds” that will arrive from the EU and bet “on those business projects that have transformative capacity in the line sustainability and at the same time allow the creation of quality employment “.

In addition to innovation and costs, the president of Cercle, Javier Faus , highlighted in the presentation ceremony the rejection of the entity “to decrease” and to any type of moratorium for renewable energies as proposed by ERC and the CUP,since Catalonia is in the queue in production with clean sources.

“There are no shortcuts,” he insisted. In his speech, Damià Calvet, acting ‘councilor’ of Territori, from Junts, has joined the rejection of any type of moratorium in the presentation ceremony with the presence also of the fourth vice president and Minister of Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera , and the first deputy mayor of Barcelona, Jaume Collboni , who has highlighted the need to “take action”.

The fourth vice president recalled that the ecological transition is one of the pillars of the recovery plan, to access European funds, with an impact on the social section, taking into account inequality.

In the opinion of the Cercle, which is based on a document drawn up by its ‘Green Deal’ Commission, headed by the president of Agbar, Àngel Simón , governments “must reward investment in innovation “, on which all resources must be poured because it is the way to “accelerate the change in the energy model and, at the same time, link it to a more efficient production process”.

The way that the indispensable changes are quick and at a less traumatic cost “is by placing innovation at the center of the political and business agenda,” they warn. Simón, when presenting the document, highlighted the two most transversal issues in this process: “the just transition”, which implies the reconversion of jobs; and sustainable finances,they will require about 26,000 million annually for all this. In addition to public-private collaboration, he has called for ” facilitating administrations .”

In addition to Simón, this commission is comprised of Narcís Berberana, president of the Foment Sustainability Commission; Isabel Buesa, General Director of Endesa in Catalonia; José Luis Gallego, naturalist; Carmina Ganyet, Colonial’s corporate general manager; Antoni Gutiérrez-Rubí, communication advisor; Ciriaco Hidalgo, manager of Seat; Antoni Llardén, President of Enagás; Mariano Marzo, professor at the Faculty of Earth Sciences (UB); Baldiri Ros, president of the Sant Isidre Agricultural Institute; Francesc Rubiralta, CEO of Celsa; Isaías Táboas, president of Renfe; Enrique Tombas, president of Suma Capital and Ana Vallès, president of Sorigué. The report they have prepared, entitled “Challenges and opportunities in the transition towards a sustainable socio-economic model”,European Green Pact , is presented in an act

Queuing in renewables
The Cercle text highlights that ” Catalonia is the last Spanish community in the production of renewable energies “, which is why the meaning of “promoting new moratoriums that further slow down the possibility of a model change” is questioned (something that ERC and the CUP).

According to the opinion note, industries require upcoming green energyso that its production is sustainable and concludes emphatically: “There will be no transformation without energy change.” The document reproaches that “no progress has been made in the direction set by the same climate change law approved in 2017.”

And in this sense, they criticize the proposals to establish moratoriums when autonomy has lagged behind in terms of renewable energy. Ribera recalled that in Catalonia this type of energy accounts for 16% of electricity generation and 5% of final consumption, compared to the Spanish averages of 30% and more than 20%.

This is the first work prepared by the commission to address the challenges and opportunities of the energy transition, sustainable mobility, the circular economy, rehabilitation and the entire industry that will be generated in the coming years around a greener, sustainable economy. and ecological after the one presented by the one chaired by the ‘ex-minister Andreu Mas-Colell, dedicated to Health Sciences .

In addition to being a challenge, the change being advocated “is an opportunity for the economy” , which requires a systemic approach, according to Cercle. The document applauds initiatives such as the Resilient Metropolis, which includes the Barcelona metropolitan strategic plan, the first climate change law approved by Congress, or progress on a European scale in the direction of sustainability.

According to the body chaired by Javier Faus, now is the time to decide ” how the great reconstruction will be ” and promote “institutional actions that will show the institutional commitment that is being made to build a model for the future that will or will not be sustainable.”

The authors emphasize that it will be necessary to “accept changes in the model of life, economy and governance.” In any case, it is not a question of “seeking a utopian decrease but rather of growing in a way that is prosperous, sustainable and that is a guarantee of equity”.

That is why political leadership is required, since the public sector “must be exemplary and part of the transformation” and that a green vice-presidency in the Generalitat is considered essential. “This is not the time to distribute chairs for partisan purposes, ignoring one of the main challenges facing the country,” they point out.

A vice-presidency of this type would have “the double responsibility of designing and coordinating in a transversal and authoritative manner the energy transition law of Catalonia and, after wasted years, accelerating the policies that favor renewable energies”, they point out.

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