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Land use in the EU 2030 climate and energy framework [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Gregor Erbach (5th edition),

Updated on 19.07.2018

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On 20 July 2016, the European Commission proposed a regulation regarding the inclusion of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and removals from land use and forestry in the EU 2030 climate and energy framework. This would be the first time that the land-use sector is formally included in EU climate policy. The regulation would require Member States to balance emissions and removals from the land-use sector over two five-year periods between 2021 and 2030. It sets out accounting rules and allows for certain flexibilities.

The new regulation is part of the EU’s efforts to reduce its GHG emissions by 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. This target was set by the European Council in October 2014, and is also the EU’s international commitment under the Paris Agreement on climate change.

After completion of the legislative procedure, the final act was signed on 30 May 2018. The regulation entered into force on 9 July 2018.

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Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the inclusion of greenhouse gas emissions and removals from land use, land use change and forestry into the 2030 climate and energy framework and amending Regulation No 525/2013 of the European Parliament and the Council on a mechanism for monitoring and reporting greenhouse gas emissions and other information relevant to climate change
Committee responsible: Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) COM(2016) 479 of 20.07.2016

procedure ref.: 2016/0230(COD)

Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)

Rapporteur: Norbert Lins (EPP, Germany)
Shadow rapporteurs:





Paul Brannen (S&D, United Kingdom)

Jadwiga Wiśniewska (ECR, Poland)

Nils Torvalds (ALDE, Finland)

Luke Ming Flanagan (GUE/NGL, Ireland)

Benedek Jávor (Greens/EFA, Hungary)

Procedure completed. Regulation (EU) 2018/841

OJ L 156, 19.6.2018, pp. 1-25.

EU legislation in progress: Adoption

Visit the European Parliament page on ‘Climate change‘.


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