The Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament (of which Labour MEPs are part) are strongly committed to delivering on the promises made in Paris at the UN summit on climate change. The S&D Group is pushing for ambitious binding targets on greenhouse gas emissions reductions, as well as for more precise mechanisms for monitoring and reporting emissions. However, when it comes to the Effort Sharing Regulation the EU Council was not willing to come close to the Parliament's ambitious position that was negotiated by S&Ds and other progressive groups.
Today the European Parliament voted on two important regulations, as already agreed with the EU Council.
The S&D Group could not back the agreement on the Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR), because it falls short of what’s needed. The ESR covers 60% of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions - including transport, buildings, agriculture and waste. The trajectory for reducing emissions by 30% by 2030 in the sectors not covered by the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) is not realistic enough to comply with the goal of keeping the temperature rise ‘well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels,’ as demanded by the UN.
The second regulation will incorporate greenhouse gas emissions and removals from land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) in the 2030 climate and energy framework*. This regulation was backed by the S&Ds as the final outcome covered the minimum standards demanded by our group during the negotiations.
Paul Brannen MEP, who is responsible for LULUCF in the S&D Group, said:
"We as a group delivered on our red lines: The reference period is clearly set in the past and wetlands, including peatlands, are recognised as being of key importance."
“We also managed to incentivise the use of long lasting wood products such as engineered timber in construction. This LULUCF legislation means that how we use land is being acknowledged as of key importance in the tackling climate change.”