Subject files

Waste Shipment

On 17 November 2021, the Commission unveiled its legislative proposal concerning the revision of the Waste Shipment Regulation. The revision aims to strengthen the enforcement of the current framework, to support circular economy within the EU, and to improve the management of waste that the EU exports to countries outside the EU.

Deforestation Regulation

In order to curb deforestation and forest degradation provoked by EU consumption, and mitigate the resulting effects on the climate crisis, the Commission proposed a new regulation to reduce this contribution in November 2021.

EU Forest Strategy

On 14 July 2021, the Commission unveiled the New EU Forest Strategy for 2030, one of the flagship initiative of the European Green Deal. The new strategy aims to support the socio-economic functions of forests, in order to thrive rural areas and boost forest based bioeconomy within sustainability boundaries.

CBAM

In July 2021 the Commission presented a proposal for a carbon border adjustment mechanism (‘CBAM’). The latter will serve to address risks of carbon leakage resulting from increased Union climate ambition. The proposal follows the ENVI own-initiative report adopted by plenary on 10 March 2021 advocating for the introduction of a WTO-compatible carbon border adjustment mechanism.

Renewable Energy Directive

As part of the ‘Fit for 55 package’, the Commission proposed a revision of the Renewable Energy Directive (REDII). The overall objectives of the revision are to achieve an increase in the use of energy from renewable sources by 2030, to foster better energy system integration and to contribute to climate and environmental objectives including the protection of biodiversity. ENVI is associated under Rule 57 RoP with ITRE on this file. .

LULUCF

The Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) legislation aims to account and neutralise the CO2 emissions generated by land use land, use change and forestry activities within the EU. The regulation works under the “no debit” rule: accounted emissions from land use must be compensate by an equivalent accounted removal of CO2 from atmosphere. The revision proposed by the Commission on 14 July 2021 will strengthen the framework established in 2018, and link it to other legislations.

Cross-border threats to health, pandemic

In November 2020, the Commission made several proposals towards the building of a European Health Union, including a proposal for a regulation on serious-cross border threats to health, based on lessons learned from the coronavirus pandemic. A year later, in November 2021, the regulation was adopted in Parliament and is currently in interinstitutional negotiations.

CO2 emission cars

On 14 July 2021 the Commission presented a legislative proposal for a revision of the Regulation setting CO2 emission standards for cars and light commercial vehicles. The proposal sets more ambitious targets for reducing CO2 emissions and envisages that all new passenger cars should reach zero emissions by 2035. ENVI draft report on this file was presented to the Committee in January 2022. The voting session is scheduled for May 2022, with a view to adoption in plenary in June