Spain blocks Catalan climate change legislation

A pioneering climate change law approved by the Catalan parliament in August was suspended last week by Spain’s constitutional court at the request of the Spanish central government

A pioneering climate change law approved by the Catalan parliament in August was suspended last week by Spain’s constitutional court at the request of the Spanish central government on the grounds of its alleged unconstitutionality.

The move follows the suspension by the Spanish government of Catalan regional autonomy in October following the Catalan parliament’s declaration of independence.

A number of elements in the suspended law such as carbon budgets, emissions taxes on road vehicles, industrial plants and shipping which will fund renewable energy projects and other environmental objectives, and a fixed 40-year life for nuclear power plants, are a first in Spain.

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