• Spain's news in English

Spain seriously failing on green energy: report

George Mills · 9 Dec 2014, 11:24

Published: 09 Dec 2014 11:24 GMT+01:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Spain is ranked 28th in the world when it come to climate change policies according to the 2015 Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) which looks at the 61 countries responsible for 90 percent of global CO2 emissions.

That puts Spain in a group of countries described as having a "moderate" rating in terms of effectiveness in fighting climate change. Fellow members of this group include countries such as Italy, India, Indonesia and Egypt.

It also means Spain has fallen eight places in the last 12 months, the report put together by the environmental organisations Climate Action Network Europe and Germanwatch shows.

Most damning of all is Spain's record on green energy.

"Politically retroactive measures have ruined the dynamics in the renewables sector and, as a result, Spain slides down 37 places in this category. In addition, the country is opposing progressive measures on an international scale," the report's authors said.

Spain, which is responsible for 0.81 percent of global CO2 emissions, is now among the "very poor" performers in this category, the CCPI reveals.

Spain has received widespread criticism in recent times for a decision to tax people who produce solar energy using their own panels. According to the government, the policy was introduced to help Spain slash a massive debt to power producers built up over years of subsidizing energy prices for end consumers. 

Private individuals who fail to hook their solar panels up to the national grid to be metered and taxed face fines of up to €30 million ($40 million) under the new law.

Critics say the move acts as a huge disincentive for people to install solar panels.

The green energy sector also highlights Spain's decision to scrap subsidies for green businesses, a move which has seen many investors owing money to the banks.

Mixed performance from European countries
Denmark topped the ranking in the CCPI report followed by Sweden and the United Kingdom.
France remained in 12th position, while Germany maintained its position at 22nd, despite large investments in renewable energy.
The Netherlands plummeted eight places from last year, while Austria dropped five to number 36
Story continues below…
China, the world's biggest emitter, was ranked at number 45. The report pointed to improvements in the efficiency sector and massive investments in renewables. 
The last place (61) in the CCPI is occupied by Saudi Arabia, which has the worst record on curbing the growth of its emission trends, and lack of investment in renewable energy.

For more news from Spain, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

George Mills (george.mills@thelocal.com)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Recipe: How to make classic Spanish ham croquettes
Photo: thespanishcuisine.com

Learn how to make this all-time Spanish favourite at home.

Halloween weekend: Sunny skies and nightmare traffic
Authorities expect 5.5 million cars to take to the road over the 'puente'. Archive photo: AFP

Spain is set for great weather over the long weekend. But be prepared for nightmare traffic.

Southern Spain will become a desert with global warming
Photo: Steven Stralton / Flickr

Southern Spain will become a desert if global warning continues, scientists have warned.

Eight Spanish films to truely terrify you this Halloween
Photo: Corie Howell / Flickr Creative Commons.

Looking for something to give you goosebumps this Halloween? The Local looks at eight Spanish films that are sure to have you cowering beneath the covers.

Spain's Socialists refuse to go easy on Rajoy once in power
Photo: AFP

Spain's Socialists may have reluctantly decided to let Mariano Rajoy govern again but they will not go easy on the acting conservative premier once he re-takes power, they warned on Thursday.

Spain's Podemos sees golden opportunity in Socialist woes
Pablo Iglesias is ready to step up in opposition. Photo: AFP

As Spain's conservatives prepare to re-take power after 10 months of political limbo, anti-austerity party Podemos has set its sights on replacing the divided Socialists as the main opposition force.

Wildlife ranger accused over decapitated bison in Valencia
The headless corpse of Sauro was found last month. Photo: Carlos Alamo / Reserva de Valdeserrillas

The case of the beheaded bison at a wildlife reserve in Valencia just got a whole lot weirder.

Spain jobless drops below 20% for first time in six years
The unemployed queuing up outside a Madrid job centre. Photo: AFP

Spain's unemployment fell below 20 percent for the first time in six years, official figures showed on Thursday.

'Saints not ghouls' insists Spanish church for Halloween
Suggested outfits from the Bishopric of Cadiz and Ceuta. Photo: Shower of Roses

Spanish bishops are urging good Christian children to forgo zombie, ghost and devil outfits and instead dress up as "saints, virgins and apostles".

Tough road ahead, Spain PM warns before return to power
Rajoy will try and form a government this week. Photo: AFP

Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy warned on Wednesday of a tough road ahead as he prepares to take power again at the head of a minority government with little support.

Analysis & Opinion
Out of the dark: Five years on from Eta ceasefire
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
Spanish 'La Mafia' restaurants banned after Italian complaint
Spain's top court overturns bullfighting ban in Catalonia
Hunt launched for ten most wanted Brit fugitives hiding out in Spain
Napflix: Spaniards launch very boring TV channel for siestas
Madrid parish church faces fine over 'too noisy' bells
Celebrate expat life at Madrid’s THRIVE convention
Fury after kids told to bring their own loo roll to school
Disney announces plans for Don Quixote action movie
Activist tells 8-yr-old matador wannabe with cancer 'just die'
King to make last minute push to avoid third vote in Spain
Amazing photos of Catalonia's 'human tower' contest
What's on in Spain: October 2016
'No way, Jose! You'll never get your hands on our Rock'
Recipe: How to make a classic Spanish tortilla de patatas
Chorizo in paella? Go back to cooking school Jamie Oliver
Spain in eye of a perfect storm after 10 months without govt
Thousands share clips of life for 'Spain in a Day' film
Ten incredible Spain locations for Game of Thrones season 7
Analysis & Opinion
Why moving to Spain could be the best decision of your life
Seven reasons why autumn is the very best season in Spain
Spanish study finds four types of personality. Which are you?
New search underway for civil war grave of poet Lorca
jobs available