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Wednesday, 14 March 2012

EU takes initiative to account for rural CO2 emissions

The EU executive has recently proposed new harmonised rules to account for greenhouse gas emissions from forests and agriculture within the EU’s climate policy. Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard said in a statement that this initiative is the “first step to incorporate these sectors into the EU's [emissions] reduction efforts.” As in Durban “all countries agreed revised accounting rules for these sectors”,  the EU “ is now delivering with this proposal, ” she added.
The proposed new rules will now be submitted to the European Parliament and the European Council, along with an obligation for member states to adopt action plans for greener forestry, soil and agriculture practices. According to an EU statement, a proposal for national emission reduction targets for these sectors “may come later once the accounting rules have proven robust”.  
Efforts to mitigate rural carbon dioxide emissions have only been partly recognised by the EU, due to a lack of common accounting rules and problems associated with robust carbon data collection from forests and soils.

Source: EurActiv