Rabat – Spanish Ministers are requesting that the European Commission in the European Union introduce a carbon tax on power imports in order to meet the EU’s environmental goals as concerns about climate change increase.
Last week, Spain’s Energy Minister Teresa Ribera and Budget Minister Maria Jesus Montero sent a letter to EU Climate chief Miguel Arias Canete and Pierre Moscovici, the European commissioner in charge of taxation and customs.
“If Europe ends up importing goods produced under lower climate standards, the emissions we avoid will be counterbalanced, or even overcome, by those generated in countries where goods are manufactured,” read the letter.
Though the ministers did not mention any specific country, the Spanish news outlet El Pais claims the proposal is intended to limit power imports from Morocco.
Spain, one of Morocco’s foremost commercial partners in the EU, has regularly imported Moroccan renewable power. In 2018, Spain became a net importer of Moroccan energy produced by thermal plants.
The EU aims to achieve a 40% decrease in carbon dioxide emissions by 2030.