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Land use in the EU 2030 climate and energy framework

19-07-2018

On 20 July 2016, the European Commission proposed a regulation regarding the inclusion of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and removals from land use and forestry in the EU 2030 climate and energy framework. This would be the first time that the land-use sector is formally included in EU climate policy. The regulation would require Member States to balance emissions and removals from the land-use sector over two five-year periods between 2021 and 2030. It sets out accounting rules and allows for certain ...

On 20 July 2016, the European Commission proposed a regulation regarding the inclusion of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and removals from land use and forestry in the EU 2030 climate and energy framework. This would be the first time that the land-use sector is formally included in EU climate policy. The regulation would require Member States to balance emissions and removals from the land-use sector over two five-year periods between 2021 and 2030. It sets out accounting rules and allows for certain flexibilities. The new regulation is part of the EU’s efforts to reduce its GHG emissions by 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. This target was set by the European Council in October 2014, and is also the EU’s international commitment under the Paris Agreement on climate change. After completion of the legislative procedure, the final act was signed on 30 May 2018. The regulation entered into force on 9 July 2018. Fifth edition. The ‘EU Legislation in Progress’ briefings are updated at key stages throughout the legislative procedure. Please note this document has been designed for on-line viewing.

Biomass for electricity and heating: Opportunities and challenges

17-09-2015

Biomass is a renewable energy source which can be used to produce electricity, heat and transport fuels. It accounts for roughly two thirds of renewable energy in the European Union (EU). Although biomass can come from many different sources, wood is by far the most common. Under EU legislation, biomass is carbon neutral, based on the assumption that the carbon released when solid biomass is burned will be re-absorbed during tree growth. Current EU policies provide incentives to use biomass for power ...

Biomass is a renewable energy source which can be used to produce electricity, heat and transport fuels. It accounts for roughly two thirds of renewable energy in the European Union (EU). Although biomass can come from many different sources, wood is by far the most common. Under EU legislation, biomass is carbon neutral, based on the assumption that the carbon released when solid biomass is burned will be re-absorbed during tree growth. Current EU policies provide incentives to use biomass for power generation. At present, there are no binding sustainability criteria for biomass at EU level, although some exist at national and industry level. Opportunities and challenges related to biomass have to do with greenhouse gas emissions (biomass can contribute to reducing carbon emissions, but emissions may not be fully accounted for); resource availability (biomass can contribute to energy security, but its sources are finite); environment and human health (increased use of biomass for energy can have adverse effects on air quality, soil properties and biodiversity). To address sustainability concerns, different responses have been put forward, including the principle of the cascading use of biomass, whereby it is used more than once, with energy conversion typically as the last step. The European Parliament has called for EU sustainability criteria but has opposed legally binding rules for prioritising uses of wood. Stakeholders have expressed opinions on greenhouse-gas accounting, sustainability criteria and the cascading use of biomass.

A new impulse for EU forests

20-04-2015

Forests are a valuable asset, serving economic, social and environmental purposes. Forests and wooded land cover over 40% of European Union territory, and represent 5% of the world's forests. The EU is one of the biggest traders and consumers of wood products in the world. In September 2013, the European Commission presented a renewed Forest Strategy to improve the coherence of forest-related measures and allow synergies with other sectors that influence forest management.

Forests are a valuable asset, serving economic, social and environmental purposes. Forests and wooded land cover over 40% of European Union territory, and represent 5% of the world's forests. The EU is one of the biggest traders and consumers of wood products in the world. In September 2013, the European Commission presented a renewed Forest Strategy to improve the coherence of forest-related measures and allow synergies with other sectors that influence forest management.

The EU and forests: issues and instruments

06-11-2013

Forests and other wooded land cover over 40% of the land area in the European Union (EU). The forests in the EU belong to many different bioclimatic zones and have adapted to a variety of natural conditions. About 60% of the wooded land in the EU is privately owned. Expansion of the EU’s forest area currently exceeds the loss of forest land. This positive development sets the EU apart from the rest of the world, where deforestation continues to reduce forest area.

Forests and other wooded land cover over 40% of the land area in the European Union (EU). The forests in the EU belong to many different bioclimatic zones and have adapted to a variety of natural conditions. About 60% of the wooded land in the EU is privately owned. Expansion of the EU’s forest area currently exceeds the loss of forest land. This positive development sets the EU apart from the rest of the world, where deforestation continues to reduce forest area.

Workshop on ‘Forestry Protection: preparing forests for Climate Change’ Brussels, 1 December 2010

13-01-2011

The aim of the workshop was to explore how forest management and protection in Europe will have to adapt to climate change, and how the role of EU policy can and should evolve to contribute to Member States' forestrelated initiatives. It built on the Commission Green Paper on the same topic and provided a platform for key stakeholders to present their perspectives on future EU forest policy. It shall be considered in the European Parliament’s report on preparing forests for climate change.

The aim of the workshop was to explore how forest management and protection in Europe will have to adapt to climate change, and how the role of EU policy can and should evolve to contribute to Member States' forestrelated initiatives. It built on the Commission Green Paper on the same topic and provided a platform for key stakeholders to present their perspectives on future EU forest policy. It shall be considered in the European Parliament’s report on preparing forests for climate change.

Ulkopuolinen laatija

Michael Hamell (European Commission DG ENVR), Marcus Lindner (European Forest Institute), Georg Winkel (University of Freiburg, Institute of Forest and Environmental Policy), Jacqueline McGlade (European Environment Agency), Bernard de Galembert (Confederation of European Paper Industries) and Veerle Dossche (FERN)

Rural Development in the Context of the Agenda 2000, Mid-Term Review in the European Union and in the Applicant Countries

01-10-2002

This report reflects the outcomes of an inventory of the experiences with programming and the first stage of implementation of rural development programmes throughout the EU and accession countries.

This report reflects the outcomes of an inventory of the experiences with programming and the first stage of implementation of rural development programmes throughout the EU and accession countries.

Ulkopuolinen laatija

Netherlands Economic Institute (NEI), The Netherlands

Tulevat tapahtumat

01-12-2020
FISC Public Hearing on 1st December 2020
Kuulemistilaisuus -
FISC
01-12-2020
Inter-parliamentary Committee meeting on the Evaluation of Eurojust Activities
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LIBE
02-12-2020
Public Hearing on AI and Health
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AIDA

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