The President of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, has assured that the government is working with the aim of implementing a “democratic, decentralized, sustainable, participatory and socially inclusive” energy model that guarantees the right to an adequate supply of energy for all residents. , efficiency and quality. He said this in his speech in New York at one of the meetings of the General Assembly of the Under 2 Coalition, a network of governments from around the world committed to reducing emissions, to “finance the transition in a fair and equitable way”.
Thus, Aragonès has mentioned Citizen Energy Communities, a model based on the empowerment of citizens and companies, or the promotion of energy transitions to bring renewable energy sources to the entire territory as an example “of this integration strategy”.
“People are at the center of all our policies, especially the most vulnerable,” the Catalan president pointed out, and has ensured that the sustainability of the energy model to which he is committed includes attending to and meeting the basic needs in this area of all people.
After warning that the transition of the model involves changes in economic and social development, he added that it must happen “with the complicity, participation and commitment of everyone, every business and every citizen as the authentic protagonist of the transformation”. Thus, he pointed out that the government has introduced an obligation to include residents and administration in new infrastructure projects to produce renewable energy.
To finance this transition, he explained that the Generalitat has provided itself with various tax figures, such as a tax on carbon dioxide emissions from vehicles; a tax on facilities that have an impact on the environment or a tax on the emission of greenhouse gases from business activities that have contributed 80 million euros to the climate fund and an additional 80 million to the natural heritage fund. The president also met with the governor of South Korea’s Chungcheongnam-do province, Kim Tae-heum, with whom he discussed “growing trade relations” between the two countries.
Together with Teresa Jordà, Minister for Climate Action, Food and Rural Affairs, he also met with the Scottish Environment Minister, Màiri McAllan, with whom he shared views on the Catalan public energy project that the government will approve in two weeks. , among other projects.