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Thursday, 11 October 2012

MEPs back mandatory accounting for farm and forestry emissions

Accounting for EU emissions from forestry and agriculture should be mandatory and based on robust rules, according to MEPs voting on draft land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) legislation in the Environment Committee on 10 October 2012. They also recommended a future obligation to account for emissions from wetlands. The draft legislation received wide cross-party support in the Environment Committee, with 36 votes in favour, 13 against and 1 abstention. It follows an agreement from the UN climate summit in Durban last December. 
Environment MEPs say the legislation should require Member States to account for emissions and removals not only in forestry - as agreed at international level - but also in management of land for crops and grazing. Wetlands should also be included within a year after IPCCC guidelines are set for these. Member States should also prepare LULUCF Action Plans to describe and project trends for emissions and removal of greenhouse gases. The plans should also analyse the potential to curb emissions and increase removals and set out the policies and timetable for action.

Source: European Parliament

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