HISTORIC AGREEMENT: EU UNDERTAKES TO REDUCE GHG EMISSIONS BY 40% AND TO INCREASE THE USE OF RENEWABLE ENERGIES UP TO 27%
The EU reached a historic climate agreement: to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. This is the most ambitious energy policy at world level. To achieve this goal, the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be maintained but reformed to operate better. With regard to the agricultural sector, the European Council has asked the Commission to study the best way to support the sustainable intensification of food production while optimising the sector’s contribution to the mitigation of GHG emissions and the sequestration of gases, including afforestation. Prior to 2020, a policy should be defined to include land use, land-use change and forestry within the framework for action up to 2030 for mitigating GHG emissions.