Barcelona is taking major steps toward addressing the climate crisis, unveiling a range of new measures designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions by half by 2030.
The measures come after Barcelona City Hall officially declared a climate emergency on Wednesday, January 15. The $625 million plan will make Barcelona the first major Spanish city to fulfill its promise to enact new policies to fight climate change.
The city’s climate emergency package advocates for 103 different actions, including the creation of low-emission zones that are off-limits to polluting vehicles, restricting traffic in more areas of the city, introducing new speed limits, creating parks, reducing airport emissions, introducing healthier meals in schools, and increasing the amount of solar energy generated from rooftops of factories and residential buildings.
As reported in El País, Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau said, “We didn’t want this to be a purely rhetorical declaration, but rather a document of measures that will mark a before and after. This is not a drill, the house is on fire […] Time has run out and there are no shortcuts.”