24 Feb, 2018 @ 16:55
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Balearic Islands pledge to phase out greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 in ambitious green manifesto

BRIGHT IDEA: LED lights will be fitted onto roads on the Balearics
BRIGHT IDEA: LED lights will be fitted onto roads on the Balearics

THE Balearic Islands has pledged to phase out greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

In an ambitious plan, Ibiza, Mallorca, Menorca and Formentera will take new diesel cars off the market from 2025.

In the same year, all street and road lighting will be replaced by LEDs.

The green manifesto will also see solar panels installed on all buildings with roof spans of more than 1,000 square metres, while coal plants will be phased out and all rental cars will be electric.

Francina Armengol, president of the Balearics’ socialist-green government said: “We are very aware that plenty of the measures in the law we are announcing demand efforts from the public and private sectors.

“It has to be this way if the law is to be more than a mere statement of intent.”
Joan Groizard, the islands’ director-general for climate change said it could clash with Madrid, and that the legal implications were being studied ‘very carefully’.

“There is a live debate about what regions can and can’t do, and we are working very practically on the legal side of this,” he said.

“We can’t ratify the Paris agreement on our own but we can take a decision to adhere to it.”

Laurence Dollimore

Laurence has a BA and MA in International Relations and a Gold Standard diploma in Multi-Media journalism from News Associates in London. He has almost a decade of experience and previously worked as a senior reporter for the Mail Online in London.

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