Episode 30 / Claire Perry O'Neill

Ecopragmatism & Policy Innovation

Teresa Ribera

Driving the Ecological Transition

Season 2 / Episode 37 / March 31, 2021  

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Since 2018 Teresa Ribera is a Deputy Prime Minister in the Spanish Government and the Minister for the Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge. In her role, she has advocated reorienting Spanish economy towards green tech, put in place a €220m deal to get coal off the grid as well as negotiating a nuclear phase-out.

From 2008 to 2011 she held the position of Secretary of State for Climate Change and Biodiversity in the second administration of Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero.


Between her two ministerial stints in government, Teresa was the Director of the Paris-based Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations. In that capacity she focused on influencing the negotiations towards the Paris Climate Agreement.


From 2004 to 2008 she served as Director-General of the Office of Climate Change, and prior to that, Teresa worked closely with different ministries in the Spanish government including Environment, Public Works, and Transportation.

Teresa studied law at the Complutense University of Madrid and constitutional law with political science at the Center for Constitutional Studies. Following her studies, she worked as an assistant professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She was featured in the Politico’s ‘Class of 2021’ annual ranking of the most powerful people in Europe. In 2018 she received Climate Reality Project Award in the category of 'Public Personality'.



Relevant Web Links /

  • Energy pact divides EU as Spain threatens walkout (February 2021): Click Here

  • European Green Deal must be central to a resilient recovery after Covid-19 (April 2020): Click Here

  • Spain’s socialists win election with Green New Deal Platform (April 2019): Click Here

  • European Green Deal must be central to a resilient recovery after Covid-19 (April 2020): Click Here

  • Declaration from AT, DK, ES, LU, PT on the adoption of the ‘Manifesto for the development of a European “Hydrogen Technologies and Systems” value chain’: Click Here


Further Reading /

Read a related article by Michael Liebreich:

  • Liebreich: Climate and Finance – Lessons from a Time Machine (March 2021): Click Here