13 Oct 2016
AGENDA ENVIRONMENT COUNCIL 17 OCTOBERBrussels Daily
Climate: emission reductions
The Council will hold a policy debate on the Commission proposals for an effort-sharing regulation and a regulation on land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF regulation). The effort-sharing regulation covers sectors such as transport and buildings and sets emission reduction targets for each member state. The LULUCF regulation refers to the contribution of the land use and forestry sector to the emission reduction targets.
This legislation and the revision of the emission trading system (ETS) are the main tools for fulfilling EU’s commitment to the Paris Agreement on climate change.
The Council will also adopt conclusions on sustainable water management. They are intended to contribute to a wider debate on the EU’s future water policy. They take into account challenges related to land use and to climate change as well as a new international context, including the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Council conclusions are also expected on biodiversity, ahead of the meeting of the parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity and its protocols in Cancun, Mexico, 4-17 December. This will be the basis for the EU negotiating position at the meeting.