The climate change: a view from Catalonia


The Catalan Conference of Environmental Law aims to be an open space for debate and exchange between academia, administrations, economic actors and social organizations, with international participation.

The Conferences is organized by the Tarragona Centre for Environmental Law Studies, of the University Rovira i Virgili ( with the suport of the Department of Territory and Sustainability of the Government of Catalonia.

In its first edition we will address the issue of climate change, in close collaboration with the Catalan Office of Climate Change. Addressing climate change is one of the major priorities of the international community and is also a priority of the public authorities, as demonstrated by the Catalan Climate Change Adaptation Strategy 2013-2020, from November 2012, which starts from the realization that "the origin of global warming and the consequent climatic change, already unquestionable, is fundamentally anthropic". And that

"The international scientific community warns of the need to keep the global temperature of the planet below the 2 ° C increase since the pre-industrial era. This requires the establishment of significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. If these reductions are not achieved, more efforts will have to be made to adapt the impacts and, consequently, higher costs. »

In this context in January of 2017, the Government of the Generalitat approved the Draft climate change law of Catalonia. Law 16/2017, of August 1, on climate change was approved by the Parliament of Catalonia on July 27 (Diari Oficial de la Generalitat de Catalunya, Núm. 7426 - 3.8.2017;