EU Commission consults on measures to reduce deforestation footprint

Another piece of the European Green Deal puzzle is taking shape as the European Commission opened a consultation on Friday on measures to tackle deforestation worldwide.

The EU executive is calling for evidence to assess options in preparation for a new initiative to “minimise the EU’s contribution to deforestation and forest degradation worldwide and promote the consumption of products from deforestation-free supply chains in the EU”. The consultation is open until 4 March and a legislative initiative is expected in 2021.

The commission acknowledges that around 80% of global deforestation, the second major cause of climate change after the burning of fossil fuels, is driven by agriculture. According to a commission study, between 1990 and 2008, the EU consumed one third of the agricultural products associated with deforestation such as palm oil, soya and beef. 

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