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Spanish Policy

Spain's ratification of the Kyoto Protocol in 2002 meant a commitment to reducing emission to 15% increase compared to 1990 for the period 2008-2012. The Spanish strategy considered was to stabiles emissions during the period from 2005 to 2007, and subsequently to make additional efforts and reduce them between 2008 and 2012.

In this respect, Spain created the National Climate Council and the Spanish Office for Climate Change, along with the Coordination Commission for Climate Change Policy, as a body for coordination and collaboration between the Government and the autonomous communities. Furthermore, Spain also established the need to constitute round tables for social dialogue to guarantee the participation of trade unions and business organisations, and the inter-ministerial organisations, which act as the Government's coordinating body.

Spain currently follows the Spanish Climate Change and Clean Energy Strategy, Horizon 2007-2012-2020 (EECCEL), approved by the National Climate Council on 25 October 2007 and the by the Cabinet on 2 November 2007, which contains various measures that contribute to sustainable development in the sphere of climate change and clean energy.