The European Commissioner for Action for Climate and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, has warned of the impact that climate change will have on the future immigration into the European Union in the coming years, since “if global warming is two degrees above pre-industrial data, the impacts in sub-Saharan Africa can be dramatic, “he said.
According to Europa Press information, the European Commissioner made these statements during his speech at the Citizen Dialogue, held in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria with the president of the Canarian Government, Fernando Clavijo. “Climate change is the most important challenge for this century because the consequences on biodiversity and climate systems can be terrible and have an impact on immigration,” Arias Cañete stated.
He stressed the need to apply “smart” policies that combine actions in the area of climate change and in the area of immigration
In this way, Arias Cañete insisted that immigration will be closely linked to climate change and that we would no longer be speaking of 1.5 million immigrants, but of “very different” magnitudes. In this context, he stressed the need to apply “smart” policies that combine actions in the area of climate change and in the area of immigration. “Climate change forces us to an energy transition and to work on adaptation to prevent it from occurring,” Arias Cañete said, so “the difficulties require actions that future generations must continue,” he added.
Create opportunities in Africa
According to the European Commissioner, EU policies must be consistent if we want to stop global warming and prepare for migration phenomena, understanding that the work must focus on how to enter the Union and how admission agreements are improved. “When immigrants enter the EU, not in a particular country,” he said, “it is because the African continent must be economically developed in a smart way to create job opportunities there”, Arias Cañete explained.
It is about getting orderly migrations with established quotas and that immigrants know where job opportunities are
The European leader of Action for Climate also expressed the need to achieve orderly migrations with established quotas and that immigrants know where the job opportunities are, “and that is what the European Commission is doing by launching smart policies,” he explained.
Canary Islands, vulnerable to global warming
For his part, the president of the Canary Islands, Fernando Clavijo, stressed that the islands can be very vulnerable to climate change, because of the conditions that tourism can experience. Also, the regional leader said that the archipelago has made an effort in the field of renewable energy through a smarter use of resources and respect for the environment, recalling that the most of the islands gases emission comes from transport and that the archipelago has isolated energy systems.
“If we do not win this challenge we lose everything”
Clavijo highlighted the fact that it is “a global challenge because, obviously, if Europe does its homework but other countries do not,” the targets will not be achieved. The president of the Canary Islands referred to “a globalized world” in which global warming will have effects that, in some cases, “will be irreversible”, and he stated: “If we do not win this challenge we lose everything”.
In the opinion of Clavijo, “now we lack of good examples because the US policy hardly invites optimism“, so “we have to learn to do things well and not make the same mistakes,” he concluded.
Benchmark for the integration of renewables
Canarias is currently a benchmark for the integration of renewables at a European level. The fight against climate change has become a particularly relevant challenge for the insular territories of the continent and this archipelago today features prominently among the regions of the EU that face the decarbonization of the economy with clean and cutting-edge technological solutions.
Red Eléctrica’s commitment to the Canary Islands is well represented by the volume of investments planned in this autonomous community between 2010 and 2025: over 2,800 million euros. This on top of the deployment of infrastructures and technological projects that the company is undertaking in the region: from the wind plan and the interconnections between islands to the renovation and improvement of all the existing infrastructures without needing to cut off the supply (MAR project) and the commissioning of the Soria Chira reversible pumping hydraulic power plant.