Spain at the tail of the rich countries at energy saving measures

Mar 27, 2012   //   by efictalia   //   News  //  No comments

The meeting of the club of rich countries held in 2005 in Gleneagles (Scotland) has remained as a monument to the more hollow rhetoric. The G-8 recognized as it is very far from the goal of doubling aid to Africa, announced at full speed then. And neither is in a good place to boost energy efficiency, another ill-fated Gleneagles agreements. The International Energy Agency (IEA) reported yesterday a review of the progress of this agreement, which was based on 25 measures. The report expands the focus to the 28 advanced countries that are part of the IEA. Only four (Japan, UK, Canada and USA) have developed, in whole or in part, half of these policies. “And two have developed less than 10%,” points the finger at the IEA. No place to hide: Spain and Poland are the last of the class.

The recommended actions affecting several industries and include tax incentives for energy conservation, legal requirements to use renewable energy or thermal insulation in buildings, replacement of the most wasteful appliances, the spread of light bulbs, the incorporation of managers energy in enterprises and the promotion of efficient forms of transportation such as electric vehicles.

These are initiatives that sound already known. A paradox which clarifies itself IEA report: Spain is the most backward in the development of these measures, but the champion of the launch. 70% of policies are early or at least planned. “In the last two years, Spain has announced an impressive number of measures,” says the report.

The IEA review the Spanish government takes over changed the backlog until the last term (also Socialist) opposes this regulatory activism, which has not yet borne fruit. Minister of Industry, Miguel Sebastian, has been the main agitator, with proposals to limit the temperature in public buildings, or give away light bulbs. But his main challenge regulations, the Energy Efficiency Act, is still waiting for its place in another project occurred, the Law of Sustainable Economy. Other initiatives such as reform of the Technical Building Code (April) or plan to promote electric vehicles (September) did not enter the review of the IEA, which examined until March of this year.

Agency technicians claim the Government to monitor the implementation of measures “in the regions”, and urges him to be more ambitious in the transposition of European directives. “Spain should finalize and implement a strategy for sustainable mobility now,” he adds.

The data emphasize the importance of saving energy for the Spanish economy. Spain is the seventh most dependent among the 28 IEA member, since it is only capable of generating 20% ​​of the energy it consumes.

Agency data corroborate the Spanish supremacy in renewable is the third largest wind farms installed in the room and solar energy. But if you click again analyzes the public expenditure on R & D specific to renewable energy in 2008, in relation to GDP has been reversed compared to the levels of 1990 and barely a quarter of what was spent Finland , the country more money from its budget earmarked for this purpose.

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