17 Oct 2016
RESULTS ENVIRONMENT COUNCIL – 17 OCTOBERBrussels Daily
Environment Council Main results below – results in full here
Climate: emission reductions
Ministers discussed new legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the sectors not covered by the emission trading system (ETS), such as transport, buildings and waste. Ministers held a debate on the way forward for the Commission’s proposals for an effort-sharing regulation and a regulation on land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF regulation). They highlighted the importance of this legislation for delivering on the EU’s commitment under the Paris Agreement on climate change.
The Council adopted conclusions on sustainable water management. They are part of a wider debate on the EU’s future water policy. The text addresses challenges related to land use and to climate change. It also takes into account the new international context, including the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Ministers also agreed on Council conclusions on biodiversity, ahead of the meeting of the parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity and its protocols (Cancun, Mexico, 4-17 December 2016). These conclusions will be the basis for the EU negotiating position at the meeting.