Council backs forestry offsets, ETS transport

EU leaders have backed the optional inclusion of transport in the emissions trading system and will allow forestry carbon offsets to be used to meet EU climate goals

EU leaders have backed the optional inclusion of transport in the emissions trading system and will allow forestry carbon offsets to be used to meet EU climate goals.

The provisions in Thursday night’s European Council deal are concessions to less industrialised, high-income member states, particularly Denmark and Ireland.

The deal states that land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) should be incorporated into “the 2030 greenhouse gas mitigation framework”, as proposed by the European Commission in January. Such a policy, which would allow carbon ‘sinks’ to offset emissions, should be established as soon as technically possible, and definitely before 2020, the leaders agreed.

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