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Experts recommend a tax reform and legal certainty to favour energy transition and to promote sustainable economy

  • Climate-KIC Spain, together with the CDTI, the Oficina Española de Cambio Climático and the Grupo Español de Crecimiento Verde hold today a workshop on the European funding of innovative ideas on climate actions which could create jobs.

  • During the opening of the meeting, the president of the CDTI, of the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, Juan María Vázquez, insisted on the importance of “identifying business ideas to stop GHG emissions, which have to be reduced more than a 40% in Spain by 2030”.

The president of Grupo Español para el Crecimiento Verde, Valentín Alfaya, has ensured today in Madrid that companies need “a deep and intelligent tax reform, in addition to long-term legal certainty to favour the energy transition through new business models”. Alfaya, who is also the director of the department of Quality, Prevention and Environment of Ferrovial, stated as reported above during his participation in the meeting on the European funding of innovative ideas on climate actions promoted by the Spanish Center for Innovation in Climate Change, Climate-KIC Spain, held for the entire day at the International Madrid Lab.

Climate-KIC Spain organizes this meeting in collaboration with the Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial (CDTI) of the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, the Oficina Española de Cambio Climático, dependent of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment, and the Grupo Español de Crecimiento Verde. “The purpose of the workshop is to favour the meeting of researchers, administrations, entrepreneurs and companies with the aim of favouring the creation of multidisciplinary teams able to Access the European funding of the programme H2020 related to the climate change”, as José Luis Muñoz, the Director General of the Spanish Center for Innovation in Climate Change, said. “At the same time, we have to innovate and explore where the keys of market are”, he added.

During the opening of the meeting, the president of the CDTI, of the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness, Juan María Vázquez, insisted on the importance of “identifying business ideas to stop GHG emissions, which have to be reduced more than a 40% in Spain by 2030. In addition, it should be taken into account that the 35% of the H2020 budget is addressed to the climate change”. Vázquez said that the incorporation of the Climate-KIC Spain into consortiums to Access European funding can have a double advantage: “due to its dynamizing ability between national and European agents in R+D+i and to its multiplier potential of investments, but also because its alliance is valued positively in the proposal evaluations”.

26% REDUCTION OF CO2

The Deputy Director-General of the department of Coordination of Climate Change Policies of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Food and Environment, Eduardo González, has reminded that the new Spanish Government is going to launch the processing of a law on climate change and energy transition, “which will require a prior diagnosis”, he said. In addition, González added that it is being negotiated at European level the so-called 20/30 plan, within which Spain “is committed to reduce emissions by a 26% as compared to 2005 levels in various sectors, such as transport, building or domestic consumption”. As regards business initiative, González insisted on the price of carbon, which should be high at global levels since «the current five Euros do not motivate the generation of initiatives”.

“CLIMATE OF CHANGE IN ECONOMY”

As regards the processing of a law on climate change and energy transition, Valentín Alfaya, on behalf of the Grupo Español para el Crecimiento Verde –formed by the 50% of the companies of the Ibex 35, such as banking, electricity and building entities– promoted “the efficiency of a neutral taxation system to make progress in the fight against climate change, that is to say,  deductions for non-pollutant acts and taxing pollutant ones, because a new law with no tax reform and interministerial involvement won’t be useful for the challenge we’re going to face”.

“There is a climate of change in economy; we are already noticing new way of business because the climate change involves a radical change”, said Alfaya, who thinks that only in the building sector, which is responsible for the 25% of emissions, it would be possible to generate an economic activity of 12,000 millon and 200,000 jobs within the renovation of more efficient buildings”, according to what he said.

CLIMATE INNOVATION

The mission of Climate-KIC Spain is to support the development of a low-carbon economy with the aim of facilitating climate change adaptation and mitigations actions. Its lines of action are the training of people to innovate and undertake; the promotion of innovation in companies, universities, research centers and public administrations; as well as the application of talent and knowledge to provide solutions to the climate change challenge, by launching new products, services and business models. The three main pillars for action are innovation, quality entrepreneurship and training, through different programmes including the recruitment of talent, higher education and acceleration of innovating ideas to face global warming.

CLIMATE-KIC IN EUROPE

Climate-KIC was born in 2010 and has almost 200 partners, such as universities, research centers, companies and public entities. It is not located only in Spain, but also in Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Switzerland, Holland, Denmark, Poland, Belgium, Hungary and Finland, and it supports and undertakes activities in Portugal, Ireland, Norway, Malta, Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Romania, Slovenia, Bulgaria. This European initiative has become an example for expert training, the acceleration of ideas and the promotion of innovative projects for the global warming adaptation and mitigation. In five years it has trained more than 2,000 international experts, it has made possible the creation of almost 200 start-ups receiving an investment of 189 million Euros and it has developed more than 100 innovative projects.

Climate-KIC Spain, located in Valencia, promotes the new sustainable economy model based on competitiveness, economic growth and green employment creation, in collaboration with the European Institute of Innovation and Technology and supported by partners of academic, scientific and business excellence, integrated in the innovative Spanish ecosystem.

Complete programme of the meeting:

http://www.climatekic-spain.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/FLYER.pdf

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