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Boosting CO2 absorption by forests to fight climate change 

Plans to boost forests’ absorption of CO2 and cut greenhouse-gas emissions as a way to tackle climate change will be put to a vote on Wednesday.

EU countries that cut down forests must compensate by planting new trees or by improving the way they manage existing forests, croplands and grasslands, to ensure an equivalent absorption of CO² in the atmosphere.


MEPs say that member states should do more, by boosting CO² absorption so that it offsets emissions by 2030, in line with the EU’s long-term objectives and the Paris Agreement.


EU forests absorb the equivalent of nearly 10% of total EU greenhouse gas emissions each year.



Procedure:  Ordinary legislative procedure

2016/0230(COD)

Debate : Monday 11 September

Vote:  Wednesday 13 September

Press conference: Wednesday 14.30

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