European Parliament votes on climate ‘Fit for 55’ package

The European Parliament has adopted their position on the revision of the Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) Regulation. This Regulation is part of the ‘Fit for 55’ package, a set of legislative proposals to reach the EU’s climate objectives.

In their position, Members of the European Parliament supported the Commission’s proposal of an EU 2030 target of at least 310 million tonnes of CO2 eq net removals. The Parliament did, however, not endorse the proposal of the Commission to combine all land use emissions under one policy instrument called AFOLU pillar (Agriculture, Forestry and other Land Uses).

This is an important decision to make sure that agricultural emissions are not hidden by forestry removals. However, another step into this direction, a proposal for a sub-target for cropland and grassland, has not been adopted. In the adopted position a reference is made to organic farming as a potential solution to turn cropland and grassland from currently net emitters of greenhouse gases to become a source of net removals.

We will follow the developing position of the Council closely, which is the next step in the negotiations.

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