Environment has to be part of Europe's growth plan: Spanish minister

19:31, June 10, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

The environmental costs of whatever model Europe chooses for future growth need to be factored in, the Spanish environment minister says.

Elena Espinosa, the minister of Environment, Agriculture and Marine Affairs, said that environmental protection has to be incorporated in all political and economic initiatives aimed at lifting Europe out of the current crisis.

Espinosa spoke following the release of Roadmap 2050, a report outlining steps for the EU to achieve a low-carbon economy.

"It is impossible to conceive of either a future model or a way of emerging from the current crisis in the short term without incorporating environmental protection as a cross-cutting factor in decision-making," she said.

The roadmap shows the EU's dedication to fighting climate change, the minister said.

It also "shows us that the reduction challenge is achievable, both in terms of technology and cost, with various possible combinations of energy technologies," Espinosa said.

Roadmap 2050 was drafted by the European Climate Foundation, a charity organization dedicated to reducing carbon emission in Europe.

Source: Xinhua


  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Giant red lantern lights up in Tiananmen Square to celebrate the coming National Day on Oct. 1. (Xinhua/Li Xin)
  • A ceremony is held in Taipei, southeast China's Taiwan, on Sept. 28, 2011, to commemorate the 2,562nd birthday of Confucius (551-479 BC), a Chinese thinker, educationist and philosopher. (Xinhua/Wu Ching-teng)
  • The world's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner for delivery arrives at Haneda airport in Tokyo, capital of Japan, on Sept. 28, 2011. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, whose buyer is All Nippon Airways (ANA), will implement a flight of ANA on Oct. 26 from Tokyo's Narita Airport to Hong Kong in south China. (Xinhua/Ji Chunpeng)
  • A Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) fighter shows what is believed to be human jawbone found inside a mass grave near Abu Salim prison in Tripoli, Libya, Spet. 27, 2011. The NTC on Sunday said they had found a mass grave containing the bodies of 1,270 people killed by Gaddafi's security forces in a 1996 massacre at Abu Salim prison in southern Tripoli. (Xinhua/Li Muzi)
  • Rescue workers and local residents search for survivors after a building collapsed in old Delhi, India, Sept. 27, 2011. At least 10 people were killed and 35 injured when an old three-storey building collapsed. More than a dozen people are still feared trapped under the debris, police said. (Xinhua/Partha Sarkar)
  • A visitor has flying experience in the windmill castle of Jinshitan National Holiday resort in Dalian, northeast China's Liaoning Province, Sept. 27, 2011. The castle is a 23-meter-high building with 21 meters in diameter. The castle uses wind tunnel to make objects floating in the air. It is the first indoor stadium in China, which enables people to have flying experience. (Xinhua/Zhang Chunlei)
Hot Forum Discussion