The third vice president and Minister of Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, has celebrated that fossil fuels are included in the agreement of the UN Climate Summit (COP28) in Dubai, but warns that “
the EU will not settle for the reduction progressive of fossil fuels“. “It is not enough, much more precision, much more clarity will be important,” he said in an interview on ‘TV3’ and ‘Catalunya Ràdio’.
According to her, “even the president of COP28 has made it clear that he believes that
this conference must be a revolutionary changerepresenting the most important meeting since the Paris Agreement was adopted in 2015.”
the words of the president of COP28, the Sultan of the United Arab Emirates Al Jaber, who said that there is no scenario that says that the elimination of fossil fuels is what will achieve 1.5ºC, Ribera has expressed that he is convinced that “he has regretted that”. So, he added that he also believes that this “ forces him not only to apologizeas he has done, but to demonstrate ‘de facto’ that he is repentant and that he is going to play the role that he should play.
Furthermore, Ribera pointed out that “progress is very slow” in renewable energy in Catalonia, since there has been too much time in which nothing has happened, in his words. “We answer no to everything:
We don’t want thermals, we don’t want nuclear“We don’t want gas, we don’t want renewables… but we want energy,” he declared, after which he highlighted offshore wind energy as an energy that can be accepted and acceptable by everyone. In this sense, he literally warned that it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that “there is no major blackout in Spain”, or that the country remains stuck in a model of the past.