Get “fit for 55” with farming

Our food systems are responsible for a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions. Tits scientific reality should place agriculture at the heart of the European Commission’s revised climate policy framework “Fit for 55”. BEE has prepared recommendations and a study that provide a model for sustainable agriculture and food production.

Yesterday, a leaked copy of the Commission’s draft proposal for the future of land use and land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) – including emissions related to land use related to agriculture – was broadcast online.

Despite the ongoing climate degradation, the Commission has postponed further emission reductions to 2025 and intends to impose a timid phase-out target of 310 Mt of CO2 by 2030 for the LULUCF sector, according to the LULUCF sector. leak.

The EC regulation will include non-CO2 agricultural emissions from 2031, but the urgent need to reduce non-CO2 emissions is not reflected in clear targets. As such, the reduction in all avoidable emissions other than CO2 from agriculture risks being offset by the uncertain ability of forests and land to absorb (draw) carbon.

Morgan Reille, Policy Officer on Agriculture, stresses the need to recognize the interdependence between agriculture and land use, the environment, food, nutrition and the fight against climate change:

“While we welcome the introduction of national targets from 2026, the Commission has given agriculture another pass. By not specifically addressing agricultural emissions, Member States will have the opportunity to engage in creative accounting through unproven ‘carbon removal’ methods rather than making their agricultural sectors truly sustainable. ”

Holistic framework

Today, the European Environment Bureau (EEB) is issuing a new position paper entitled “Beyond net zero emissions in agriculture”. The paper discusses the changes needed in agriculture to create a favorable climate governance system for the sector. The document sets out BEE’s vision for tackling agricultural emissions as part of the European Commission’s next proposal for a “Fit for 55” package.

Published a week before the European Commission package, the EEB document outlines a clear path to net zero emissions in agriculture. The vision of the EEB shows how the transition to agroecology, accompanied by a shift towards healthier and more sustainable diets, can respond to our climate challenges and contribute to the restoration of biodiversity and food systems.

The impact of the trajectory proposed by the EEB was measured using the updated version of the EU Calculator Transition Path Explorer, a tool that allowed us to run our own emission scenarios and directly visualize its effects.

Bérénice Dupeux, Senior Policy Officer for Agriculture at BEE, underlines the importance of the current review process.

The Fit for 55 package offers a unique opportunity to end the pass granted to agriculture under the current framework of climate governance. It is really up to the EU to define the direction of travel by adopting binding targets for all types of emissions linked to agriculture ”, said Dupeux.

“With political will, the transition to agroecology offers us the opportunity not only to achieve net zero emissions in agriculture, but also to face our alarming biodiversity crisis. “.

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