Argentina drops two spots to 49th in this year’s CCPI, placing it among the low-performing countries. The country receives mixed ratings in the four main CCPI categories: high in Energy Use, low in Renewable Energy, and very low in GHG Emissions and Climate Policy.
In March 2022, the country’s president announced the Electromobility Law. This law includes aims to ban sales of internal combustion engine vehicles from 2041 onwards and to create a support scheme for electromobility. The CCPI experts welcome this new ambition and see the law as the main improvement in climate policy over the past year.
The energy crisis as opportunity to change the economic model
Argentina’s lingering financial problems from the 2018 debt crisis enable agribusiness and fossil fuel extraction to continue. Plans are missing for accelerating renewable energy, and oil and gas extraction (mostly fracking) is expanding. Energy transition plans include gas, nuclear, and large dams for hydropower. The experts demand that the government use the energy crisis as an opportunity to change the economic model and accelerate climate action. They argue that gas should not be used as a bridge fuel for an energy transition.
Argentina has yet to publish its new Long-Term Strategy under the Paris Agreement. The country experts ask for more ambitious climate targets, and concrete action plans to meet climate targets across all sectors.
The following national experts agreed to be mentioned as contributors for this year’s CCPI:
- Roque Pedace (CANLA)