DAFC on EU Climate Law proposal: "Very positive"
The EU Climate Law proposal by the European Commission is ambitious. This is a good thing for both the climate and front runner countries such as Denmark. Higher common EU ambitions further a more level playing field for Danish farmers and cooperatives on the EU internal market.
“We are happy that the EU Commission is ambitious today. Denmark cannot do it alone on the green transition, and with this Climate Law proposal, all Member States are being asked to take climate action”, says Danish Agriculture and Food Council (DAFC) Climate Director Niels Peter Nørring.
Nørring in particular takes notice of the Climate Law proposal referencing article 2 1b in the Paris Agreement:
“It is very welcome that the Climate Law proposal makes specific reference to article 2 1b in the Paris Agreement, which underlines that climate action is to be undertaken in a manner that does not threaten food production. Together with our World Farmers Organization (WFO) and European colleagues in Copa & Cogeca, we have pushed for this article to be part of first the Paris Agreement, and now the EU Climate Law”, Nørring says.
In order to deliver on EU climate neutrality by 2050, the DAFC believes reform of the EU climate policy regime post 2030 is needed, in particular outside the EU emissions trading scheme ETS:
“The existing fragmented non-ETS climate policy regime in the EU is not sustainable. There is a need for a common approach with a joint EU reduction target for agriculture post 2030”.
“Also, next year’s reform of the ETS should be used as an opportunity to promote pilot carbon farming schemes, and possibly establish a separate trading scheme for carbon removals that is essential in the context of 2050 climate neutrality, and negative emissions beyond that”, Nørring concludes.