The Minister of Public Works, José Luis Ábalos, has expressed that "in no city in the world is reversing anti-pollution measures as has been done with Central Madrid" and that "nobody questions the anti-pollution measures implemented by local governments of all political colors, from Brussels to Milan, passing through London. "

In his opening speech to the debate forum Energyear Mediterránea 2019, an event that has the presence of the main players in the energy, technology and mobility sector, Ábalos has insisted on considering "bad news that those policies that have been proven effective in combating pollution and improving mobility, be reversed without further explanation or technical reasoning ".

The minister stressed that "we can affirm that climate change is the greatest challenge we face" and that is why "we must ask our rights why it makes the health of citizens an ideological issue".

Ecological transition policies

In his speech, the minister recalled that the policies of the Ministry of Development are strongly concerned in the fight against climate change and ecological transition, and "we are committed to those initiatives that incorporate programs for decarbonization and digitalization in all modes of transport". For this reason, he insisted that "we are leading a debate that helps define a new Mobility Strategy in which environmental sustainability will be the protagonist".

As examples of these measures, Ábalos mentioned that Aena has signed an agreement to adhere to the NetZero2050 international initiative, whereby it is committed to achieving zero carbon emissions at its airports by 2050. In addition, it has launched a Photovoltaic Energy Plan in the airports of its network, which will allow Aena to reach 70% of the self-supply of energy from solar energy, which would prevent the emission of 167,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.

Regarding Enaire, the minister has cited the recent announcement of the signing of a new electricity supply contract from 100% renewable energies for all its air traffic control centers, headquarters and other facilities.

Finally, Ábalos has highlighted the Master Plan for the Fight against Climate Change in Renfe Y Adif, which estimates an accumulated reduction of greenhouse gases up to 2030 of 9.9 million tons in the transport sector, "based on the promotion of intermodality oriented towards the railroad". This Plan also includes, among its actions, the purchase of green electric power.

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