Written by Gregor Erbach (4th edition),
Updated on 23.1.2018
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 proposed 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 proposed 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.
Trilogue negotiations resulted in a provisional agreement on 14 December 2017, which must now be formally approved by Council and Parliament.
|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)|
|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)
|Next steps expected:||First-reading vote in plenary|