In February the regional parliament of the Balearic islands approved the law on climate change and energy transition which provides for the total transition to renewable energy by 2050, as well as a whole series of green measures such as the ban on the registration of diesel cars from 2025 (from 2035 for petrol) and theexclusive use of electric cars by 2050.
The Balearic Islands are currently lagging behind regarding the production of energy from unconventional sources: only 3% is produced from renewables, while 70% comes from fossil fuels and 20% is imported from the mainland. The green revolution of the Spanish archipelago therefore still has a long way to go, but government sources estimate that for the installation of photovoltaic panels and wind turbines, sufficient to guarantee the needs of the four islands, just over 1% would be enough. of their surface.
The law represents only a very first step towards a broader and more articulated goal. There will be a first phase of the transition in which combined cycle gas power plants will be used, the use of which will gradually give way to renewable energy. However, the objective remains thecoal abandonment, the fossil source most used by the islands (43%), also due to the fact of hosting, since 1984, a power plant (Es Murterar) in the north-east of Mallorca.