The Basque Country stresses its commitment to combating Climate Change at the 43rd Assembly of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe
The Basque Country reiterated the need to work with other regions in the international arena in order to coordinate actions to address the environmental challenges arising from climate change at the 43rd General Assembly of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe, held in Florence (Italy) on 4 November.
In the run-up to the Climate Summit to be held in Paris in December, the Basque Government’s Ministry for the Environment and Territorial Policy presented the “Climate Change Strategy for the Basque Country-KLIMA 2050”, which seeks to cut greenhouse gases by 80% by 2050 (base year 2005), at the 43rd General Assembly of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe.
Javier Agirre, the General Manager of Ihobe, the publicly-owned company attached to the aforementioned ministry, stressed the commitment acquired by the Basque Country in this sphere, even though its emissions only account for “0.5% of European emissions, and we have been able to demonstrate that greenhouse gases can be reduced while driving economic growth to a greater extent. And he pointed out the need to work “ with other territorial governments through networks, such as this Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPRM), ICLEI, nrg4sd or The Climate Group, to become a benchmark in the political undertakings that we must adopt”.
“While emissions mitigation has been seen in the past to be a rather more global issue and adapting to the impacts that climate change can cause as something local, we now know that climate policy requires an integrated vision of those two spheres at all levels. Mitigation and adaptation is important from global to local levels," explained the Ihobe director.