The Community of Madrid is committed to integrating sustainable development and social responsibility in all its activities, while playing a key role in promoting sustainable development initiatives in the territory.
Social expenditures include various programs such as the financing of public policies related to public health, education, social services, the promotion of employment, public transport and social housing. The objective of the Community of Madrid spending on social programs is to strengthen the socio-economic recovery of Madrid and improve social cohesion, thanks to the development of public services that benefit all citizens and the implementation of programs to promote employment through the investment in small businesses.
In addition, the Community of Madrid has an important environmental mandate. Almost 50% of the area of the region is protected due to its environmental protection and conservation value. The geoeconomic situation in Madrid creates the need to implement policies to manage pollution and waste treatment in densely populated urban areas.
Regarding the latter, the Community established its Strategy for Sustainable Waste Management for the period 2017-2024. In relation to climate change and air quality, the Blue Plan + 2013-2020 has been the backbone for eight years, with a particular focus on tackling pollution and promoting energy efficiency.
Among the measures established in the Blue Plan +, which is expected to be followed by a new Plan as of 2021, the following objectives are included by sector, which are representative of the general sustainable strategy of the regions:
- Transport: modernization of taxi and bus fleets with greener vehicles, improvement of bicycle infrastructure, tax incentives for the transition to greener technologies in private transport.
- Industry: reduction of emissions from industrial activities, such as NOX produced by cogeneration plants
- Residential / commercial / institutional: use of clean fuels for domestic heating, energy efficiency improvements, smart grids
- Agriculture: sustainable management of forests, promotion and development of biomass energy.
In the social category, there is a Strategy for Social Inclusion 2016/2021, within the framework of the Europe 2020 Strategy, which seeks to eradicate extreme poverty in the region.