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Support to polluting plants may breach EU state aid rules, warns think-tank IEEFA Spain is propping up old coal and gas-fired power plants with payments for staying open, regardless of how much they generate. The support, worth €1 billion a year, is a needless burden on consumers, according to a report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA).

España debería 'finiquitar' el carbón para el 2025

Según el Instituto Internacional de Derecho y Medio Ambiente el fin del carbón no amenazaría el suministro eléctrico en España. España debería "seguir el ejemplo del Reino Unido" y acabar con el uso del carbón para 2025. Según el Instituto Internacional de Derecho y Medio Ambiente el fin del carbón no amenazaría el suministro eléctrico en España.

Panorama - El Instituto Internacional del Derecho y Medio Ambiente denuncia la actitud irresponsable del ministro de Energía - Energías Renovables, el periodismo de las energías limpias.

El ministro de Energía, Turismo y Agenda Digital, Álvaro Nadal, ha declarado, durante su visita a la Cumbre del Clima de Marrakech que el cierre de las centrales térmicas de carbón "no es una obligación comunitaria " y que "será el propio mercado el que vaya demandando menos carbón".

Panorama - España puede cerrar las centrales de carbón más fácilmente que Reino Unido - Energías Renovables, el periodismo de las energías limpias.

Un año después de la promesa por parte del Gobierno Británico de pulsar el "botón de reinicio" de la estrategia energética, el Reino Unido es el primer país en dar un paso para cumplir con su compromiso contra el cambio climático, desde que entró en vigor el Acuerdo de París el pasado 4 de noviembre, habiendo anunciado esta semana que sigue adelante con su plan de cierre de las centrales térmicas de carbón.

Reclaman al nuevo ministerio que cierre las térmicas antes de 2025

m.r. | león El Instituto Internacional de Derecho y Medio Ambiente (Iidma) reclamó ayer al nuevo ministro de Energía, Álvaro Nadal, que presente un plan para el cierre de las centrales térmicas de carbón "a más tardar en 2025".

El Reino Unido dice no al carbón después de 2025, ¿España, cuándo?

Un año después de la promesa por parte del Gobierno Británico de revisar de la estrategia energética, el Reino Unido es el primer país en dar un paso para cumplir con su compromiso contra el cambio climático desde que entró en vigor el Acuerdo de París el pasado cuatro de noviembre: ha anunciado que sigue adelante con su plan de cierre de las centrales térmicas de carbón.

El IIDMA denuncia que las centrales de carbón en España siguen sin cumplir la ley

El Instituto Internacional de Derecho y Medio Ambiente, IIDMA, denuncia que el plan que permite a las grandes centrales de carbón en España emitir contaminantes por encima de los valores límites establecidos por la Unión Europea no cumple con la ley y no refleja la situación real.

IIDMA denounces coal power Spanish plants pollution

The International Institute for Law and the Environment, IIDMA, denounces that the plan granting large coal power plants in Spain to emit pollutants above the limits set by the European Union does not comply with the law and does not reflect the real situation.

Spanish exemptions for industrial emissions 'are illegal'

A decision by the EU to allow several power plants in Spain to bypass strict pollution limits has been deemed a breach of both EU and national law, according to Spanish legal campaigning organisation Instituto Internacional de Derecho y Medio Ambiente

Panorama - Las térmicas de carbón españolas no cumplen la ley - Energías Renovables, el periodismo de las energías limpias.

La Directiva 2010/75 de la UE establece que las centrales térmicas pueden acogerse, por medio de un Plan Nacional Transitorio (PNT), a una exención que les permite seguir emitiendo, hasta 2020, valores más altos de contaminantes -entre los que se incluye el dióxido de azufre, óxidos de nitrógeno y partículas- que los establecidos por dicha Directiva.

El carbón no tiene cabida en 'España'

Las organizaciones Amigos de la Tierra, WWF, Ecologistas en Acción, SEO/BirdLife, Greenpeace, el Instituto Internacional de Derecho y Medio Ambiente (IIDMA) y la Fundación Renovables piden a los partidos políticos que asuman que el carbón, Fundación Renovables, IIDMA y las cinco grandes ONG ecologistas piden a los grupos parlamentarios que voten NO a la PNL promovida por Foro Asturias.

Panorama - Izquierda Unida quiere nacionalizar las minas de carbón - Energías Renovables, el periodismo de las energías limpias.

Dos documentos y un destino: el voto minero de Izquierda Unida. El pasado fin de semana, y en el marco de la XI Asamblea Federal de Izquierda Unida, el partido de Garzón aprueba una "resolución de apoyo a las cuencas mineras" en la que apuesta explícitamente por la "nacionalización de las minas de carbón de titularidad privada".

El papel de las empresas en las negociaciones sobre cambio climático - CONSTRUIBLE

La Fundación GNF ha organizado un seminario en el que ha analizado la influencia de la financiación y tecnología para una sociedad baja en carbono.

Task Force on Access to Justice meeting takes place in Geneva

For two days from 15 to 17 June 2015 about 70 representatives from diferent government from countries of the UNECE region as well judges,  re...

Panorama - Recurrido ante la UE el Plan que permite mayores emisiones a las térmicas de carbón españolas - Energías Renovables, el periodismo de las energías limpias.

El Plan regula el funcionamiento de 34 instalaciones industriales, de las cuales 24 usan el carbón como combustible, bien como fuente principal o bien como fuente accesoria.

03/02/2016

IIDMA, GREENPEACE AND WWF CELEBRATE THE RETIREMENT OF 932 MW OF COAL IN THE SPANISH ELECTRICITY SYSTEM

 

The retirement of a total of five coal units in Spain in 2016: Elcogás, Puertollano, Soto de Ribera II, Narcea I and Compostilla II has been confirmed. This retirement represents a decrease of 8.5% of the installed capacity of coal in Spain with respect to the previous year. In addition, according to the latest data from Red Eléctrica Española a reduction in coal use for power generation was also seen in 2016 following a two-year (2014 and 2015) increase.

 

Coal is the main source of greenhouse gas emissions such as carbon dioxide (CO2) and other pollutants like nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SO2) and dust which are as dangerous to our health as they are to the environment. In fact, in 2016, coal accounted for 56 percent of the total CO2 emissions generated by Spain’s electricity sector.

 

We’re celebrating the withdrawal of 932 MW of coal in 2016 as it’s a step forward in the fight against climate change”, states Ana Barreira, director of the Instituto Internacional de Derecho y Medioambiente (IIDMA). “But a planned retirement of the remaining 10,004.27 MW of Spanish coal-powered plants by 2025 is still needed in order for Spain to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement. In fact, Spain’s instrument of ratification was published just yesterday in the Spanish Official Journal”.

 

The majority of Spanish coal power plants are included in the Transitional National Plan (TNP). This plan allows plants to emit higher levels of NOx, SO2 and dust than those established by the European Union’s Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) until June 2020—a date by which all the necessary modifications to comply with the IED must be made, or the plant must close its doors. A list of all the affected plants is included within the plan. The Spanish TNP was approved by the Council of Ministers on Nov. 25, 2016.

 

According to the plan, these plants must respect the emission ceilings for all pollutants. These are calculated depending on the plants which are included in said plan”, says IIDMA Lawyer Carlota Ruiz. “However, the plan approved last November includes Compostilla II, although this group had been previously shut down—a mishap that could lead to an artificial raise of the emission ceilings, allowing other plants included in the plan to emit much more than what is legally established”.

 

Tatiana Nuño from Greenpeace points out “In addition, in 2021, plants that continue operating must count with the best available techniques foreseen in the Large Combustion Plants Best Available Techniques Reference Document, which is about to be approved by the EU and which includes stricter emission limit values than those set out by the IED”.

 

“In 2018 aid to coal mining must come to an end according to a Decision by the European Commission”, says Raquel Monzón, Energy Officer from WWF.“If all coal plants close by 2025, renewable energy will cover almost 100% of electricity generation which would reduce greenhouse gas emissions and have a positive impact on the health of Spanish citizens”, she adds.

 

This release was made in collaboration with Greenpeace and WWF Spain.

18/11/2016

ÁLVARO NADAL SE LAVA LAS MANOS EN EL ASUNTO DEL CARBÓN (ÁLVARO NADAL WASHES HIS HANDS OVER COAL USE)

 

 

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15/11/2016

EL REINO UNIDO DICE NO AL CARBÓN DESPUES DEL 2025: Y ESPAÑA ¿CUÁNDO? (UK SAYS NO TO COAL AFTER 2025: WHAT ABOUT SPAIN?)

 

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13/10/2016

SPAIN’S COAL POWER PLANTS CONTINUE TO OPERATE DESPITE BREAKING THE LAW

 

Not only is Spain’s plan that exempts power plants to comply with stricter emissions values established by the EU unlawful, but it is also out-of-date.

 

According to a European Directive, power plants in member states may apply for an exemption via a Transitional National Plan (TNP) that allows them to continue to emit higher levels of pollutants — including sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and dust — than those provided by the Directive into the atmosphere until 2020.

 

And, although the current plan was accepted by the European Commission in March, it was never approved by the Spanish Council of Ministers, nor was it published in the state’s official journal (Boletín Oficial del Estado) as required by law.

 

Spain’s current TNP lists 30 installations of which 22 use coal as fuel. However, the plan is anything but accurate: it lets plants emit higher levels of pollutants than those allowed for by the EU, and includes a power plant that closed its doors two months before the European Commission adopted the last version of the plan — an inclusion that raises the total emissions ceiling allowed for the rest of the plants within the plan.

 

In addition to these flaws, the plan does not comply with Spanish Law. According to the law, once the European Commission adopts the plan prepared by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism and the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, it must be approved by the Spanish Council of Ministers.

 

“Since January 2016, coal power plants in Spain are operating under a plan that does not comply with the rule of law requirements, and thus, continue to damage our health and the environment,” states Ana Barreira, director of the Instituto Internacional de Derecho y Medio Ambiente (IIDMA).

 

The TNP has not been subject to a strategic environmental impact assessment as is required by international, EU and national laws,” adds Barreira, “and, as a consequence, the Spanish TNP has never been subject to a public participation procedure as required by those laws.”

 

The TNP is just one of a number of exemptions that coal power plants can opt for to continue emitting higher levels of pollutants that those provided by the EU’s Industrial Emissions Directive (IED).Emissions that, according to the report “Lifting Europe’s Dark Cloud,” already caused 1,530 premature deaths in 2013 in Spain alone. Other exemptions in the IED include an option for power plants to limit their hours of operation to 17,500 hours over the next eight years or, in the case of plants being part of a smaller, isolated grid, they can continue to exceed the EU’s limits until 2019.

 

The government contends that coal power plants are needed to maintain an adequate safety margin within the country’s electrical grid. However, this is not the case: eliminating coal would not threaten this safety margin as Spain’s current electrical system operates at a 30 percent overcapacity.

27/04/2016

EL CARBÓN NO TIENE CABIDA EN UN MODELO ENERGÉTICO SOSTENIBLE (THERE’S NO ROOM FOR COAL IN A SUSTAINABLE ENERGY MODEL)

 

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21/04/2016

TODOS RECONOCEN QUE EL CARBÓN ES UN PROBLEMA, PERO ALGUNES LO APOYAN CON DISCURSOS INCOHERENTES (EVERYONE KNOWS COAL IS A PROBLEM, BUT SOME SUPPORT IT WITH INCOHERENT DISCOURSE)

 

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01/07/2014

DE AARHUS A MAASTRICHT: UN PEDREGOSO CAMINO HACIA EL CUMPLIMIENTO (FROM AARHUS TO MAASTRICHT: A ROCKY ROAD TOWARDS COMPLIANCE)

 

Editor’s Note: This press release was published and distributed in Spanish. Should you need a complete translation of this release, or would like further information, please contact our Communications Department.

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