Climate change and energy transition law

Last updated: 18 November 2022

The Climate Change and Energy Transition Law entered into force on May 20th 2021. This law enshrines into Spanish normative the target of reaching climate neutrality by 2050 at the latest.    


Art.3 :  The long-term objective is the decarbonization of the economy by 2050 with a 100% renewable electricity system.  It sets goals by 2030 of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 23% with respect to 1990, achieve 42% renewables in final energy consumption and 74% renewable electricity generation, and improving energy efficiency by reducing primary energy consumption by at least 39.5%     

These goals will be reviewed upward periodically starting in 2023.    


No new exploration authorisations will be allocated for hydrocarbon research permits or exploitation concessions. (art.9)  Renewable gases, including biogas, biomethane, hydrogen and other renewable fuels will be encouraged. (art. 12)  

By 2040, new passengers cars and light commercial vehicles must be emissions free. (art. 14)  

Municipalities with more than 50,000 inhabitants and island territories will have to implement a sustainable urban mobility plan by 2023, and introduce mitigation measures. (art.14)

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