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Simon Buckle María Sicilia Manuel García Hernández Alejandro Caparrós

Energy transition in Spain: followers or leaders?

Social Sciences Panel Discussion Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 19:00 hours Madrid

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Venue: Fundación Ramón Areces. Calle Vitruvio, 5. 28006. Madrid.

Free admission. Necessary previous online registration. Limited capacity.  

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Spain, as the rest of the world, is facing a rapid energy transition. International climate talks started three decades ago and, according to the compromises adopted by the EU, decarbonization of the economy should be almost complete in about three decades. We are about half way and it is, therefore, a good moment to take stock and to decide our own path: Should Spain be a follower in the decarbonization process? Or should we make an effort to lead it?

Within the Kyoto Protocol, while Europe had to reduce emissions by 8%, Spain was allowed to increase emissions by 15%, due to its comparatively lower development level in the early nineties. Nevertheless, in the last years Spain has shown its potential to become an international leader, in particular in the field of renewable energy.

Bringing together relevant members from OECD, the Spanish government, the private sector and the academia, this roundtable seeks an answer to this question: Should Spain push to become a leader in the coming energy transition? Leadership requires implementing policies with unavoidable economic costs in the short run but may be worthwhile in the long run. Alternatively, Spain could delay the energy transition as much as possible. While this strategy may have a payoff in the short term, but its merits in the long term are debatable.


Wednesday, September 11

18:30 h.

Attendee check-in

19:00 h.


Raimundo Pérez-Hernández y Torra 
Director de la Fundación Ramón Areces.

Alejandro Caparrós 
Director e Investigador en el Instituto de Políticas y Bienes Públicos del Centro Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC).

19:20 h.

Speakers. Energy transition in Spain: followers or leaders?

Simon Buckle
Jefe de la División de Cambio Climático, Biodiversidad y Agua, de la Dirección de Medio Ambiente de la Organización para la Cooperación y el Desarrollo Económicos (OCDE). 

María Sicilia 
Directora de Estrategia de Enagás.  

Manuel García Hernández
Subdirector General de Energía Eléctrica en el Ministerio para la Transición Ecológica. 

20:20 h.



Alejandro Caparrós
Director e Investigador en el Instituto de Políticas y Bienes Públicos del Centro Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC).


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