This World Economic Forum (WEF)Meeting these days in Davos, Switzerland, the scene changed. Now is not the time to stop the conversations. The socioeconomic context requires action and there is little room for exceptions. For example, it occurs when the Islands ask the European Union (EU) to exempt them from the rate against emissions from air transport. Luis Alvarado of the Canary Islands, senior adviser to the WEF Climate Team, warned yesterday that biofuels already exist and the unknowns about their use “go through will, not science.”
Alvarado pointed out that the Davos Forum exists precisely to “commit” economic actors to “adopt concrete commitments”. “Not just fuels, but also green cement, steel and aluminum.” afflicted. Then why aren’t they used if all the pace is slow in the race against climate change? “For the price,” said the attendee at the Climate Change Summit (COP26), held in Glasgow last November.
The challenge is to persuade the public and private sectors – “promoting cooperation between them is an urgency that we also took on at Davos”, indicated that investments in biofuels should be made. To the extent that this is achieved, demand pressure will lead to an increase in production in the markets and a decrease in its price. “It’s time to set the dates and deliver a strong boost in green investment,” said this Gran Canaria, born in 1989 and named last year by the Nova Talent platform among the 111 most influential professional profiles in Spain.
Both the Canarian Government and the opposition have warned, in different ways, that the Archipelago should have specific deadlines for the imposition of the tax on emissions produced by air transport. At the RUP Presidents Conference in Martinique last week, Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms (Regional Policy), Elisa Ferreira, said: in remote areas this rate will not apply until 2030, but only on routes that connect them to the rest of their respective state territories. The inter-island grace period is also expected to apply; Brussels is ready for this.
But the regional president Angel Victor Torres she wants more. The Canary Islands’ dependence on tourist activities makes it worthwhile to extend this exemption to aircraft bringing in visitors who, in his and business class’s view, sustain a good part of the region’s economy.
In this context, Teresa Ribera, Minister of Ecological Transition, Yesterday in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, he admitted his ignorance of the Torres Executive’s proposal, even though he suggested that any question coming to him from the autonomous community was always “very reasonable”; in this case, because moving from a RUP is “not easy”. Therefore, the minister encouraged “careful care” to transport methods and relative costs to avoid discrimination against Canarian residents and to prevent the accommodation business from losing its competitiveness.
Will the Canary Islands achieve their goal? There is nothing to exclude this, but Luis Alvarado made it clear that the World Economic Forum followed the opposite, intense public-private cooperation served in this regard. anticipate and create an investment framework promoting the consumption of biofuels compared to today’s highly polluting ones.
“We need to get up to speed, it’s time to act,” warned the World Economic Forum’s Climate Program senior adviser. This attitude will entail, among other issues, that the Islands are already the “test bed” for the often-mentioned new technologies, but that it hasn’t finished getting started. “It is true that all these problems cannot be solved overnight, but action needs to be taken.” Alvarado is over.