Climate Action

Role of agriculture and forestry in achieving the EU's climate change commitments


The EU has committed unilaterally to reduce its overall greenhouse gas emissions by 20% below 1990 levels by 2020, and by up to 30% if conditions are right. Emissions and removals of greenhouse gases in the land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) sector are currently not part of the EU's commitment. However, the Council and European Parliament have asked the European Commission to assess modalities for the inclusion of associated emissions and removals in the reduction commitment and, as appropriate, make a proposal.

To capture the views of Member States and other stakeholders, the Commission has engaged in several consultation processes. During 2010, an expert group on climate policy for LULUCF was launched under the European Climate Change Programme and consultations were carried out with the public and with Member States. These important discussions continue and the European Commission therefore invites stakeholders to a meeting to present the consultation results to date and discuss possible ways forward. Taking these discussions into account, the Commission intends to publish a Communication in June 2011 which will, as appropriate, be accompanied or followed by a legislative proposal.

The draft agenda is as follows:

  • Policy context and background to the work carried out
  • Results of the work of the informal expert group on climate policy for LULUCF
  • Results of the public consultation
  • Possible ways forward
  • Discussion

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