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The Climate Change Law sets the date for the end of the sale of combustion cars in Spain

The Climate Change Law sets the date for the end of the sale of combustion cars in Spain

In the absence of its ratification in the Senate, it can almost be said that the Climate Change Law it is a fact. Congress has approved its implementation, with the votes against VOX and the abstention of the Popular Party (PP). Now the only thing missing is the ratification of the Senate, which, if there are no amendments that want to modify part of its content, will foreseeably give the green light in May.

The Draft Law on Climate Change and Energy Transition (PLCCTE) should serve for the country to comply with its international commitments in the fight against global warming, its most ambitious goal being to achieve climate neutrality in 2050. Until that date, a series of intermediate milestones are established that should have been reached in 2030, such as the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 23% compared to 1990 This objective will be revised upwards periodically, the first revision will be in 2023.

End of the sale of combustion cars in 2040

Among all the measures contemplated by the Climate Change Law, those related to mobility have a priority space.

At present, almost 30% of the greenhouse effect emissions in Spain come from transport. To achieve climate neutrality by the middle of the century, it is essential to reduce the emissions of vehicles in circulation, for this, the new law contemplates the prohibition of selling new combustion vehicles, not intended for commercial use, as of 2040.

“The set of Public Administrations will be able to implement measures that make possible in 2050 a fleet of cars and light commercial vehicles without emissions direct CO2 emissions “, includes the legal text. One of the most striking measures to achieve climate neutrality by the middle of the century establishes that” new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles gradually reduce their emissions, so that no later than 2040 they are vehicles with emissions of 0gCO2 / km. “Those registered as historic vehicles and those intended for commercial use are excluded from the ban.

Low Emission Zones

The PLCCTE underlines the role of cities in achieving climate objectives, thereby favoring the creation of more livable and healthy spaces, with improved air quality.

In this sense, it establishes that municipalities with more than 50,000 inhabitants and the island territories will introduce, in urban planning, mitigation measures that make it possible to reduce emissions derived from mobility, including the implementation of low-emission zones (such as Madrid Central or the Barcelona ZBE) no later than 2023. “Shared electric mobility and the use of private electric means of transport should also be promoted”, establishes the norm.

More charging points for electric cars

If approved without changes, the Climate Change Law will promote the progressive installation of charging points for electric cars in the service stations with the highest sales volume, which currently represent 10% of the network.

The installation of charging points in buildings will also be promoted, through the Technical building Code (CTE). Among the novelties: buildings for use other than private residential that have a parking area with more than twenty spaces will have to have at least one charger.

In addition, the Government will enable a National Access Point for information on charging points in real time.

Noelia Lopez April 9, 2021 – 11:23 a.m.

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