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
Debate : Monday 11 September
Vote: Wednesday 13 September
Press conference: Wednesday 14.30