The role of Agricultural Emissions in the EU’s Climate Targets
The EU has set a target to reduce emissions by at least 40% by 2030, which is part of the EU 2030 climate and energy framework. In the second quarter of 2016, the European Commission will present a legislative proposal to also include emissions from agricultural soils and forestry, known as LULUCF (Land use, Land Use Change and Forestry), in the 2030 target. Feeding into the Commission's work on the proposal, FoodDrinkEurope has emphasised that food security is strongly linked to climate change and its impact on the availability of agricultural products, in terms of quantity and quality. Hence, food security and climate change must be addressed equally.
The proposal should take into account the competitiveness of the EU food and drink industry, by ensuring the long term supply of affordable agricultural raw materials that are sustainably produced.
The food and drink industry is increasingly committed to reducing its own environmental impact and to working with farmers to encourage more sustainable, productive and resilient agriculture.