We are pleased to welcome this guest post by Dr Yelto Zimmer, who is the coordinator of the agri benchmark Cash Crop Network at the Thünen Institute, Germany. Comments can be emailed directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The US agricultural ministry (USDA) recently published a report on the likely consequences if the EU Commission’s Farm to Fork (F2F) Communication were to be put in place. In this paper, the Commission proposes a set of measures that are supposed to lead to lower greenhouse gas emission in European agriculture and improve the overall environmental and public health performance of the sector.
Even in the modest USDA scenario, the projected outcome from F2F would be substantial turmoil of EU agriculture and even some significant changes in global agriculture.… Read the rest
In my post in March 2020 on EU climate policy and agriculture, I highlighted the limited expectation among Member States in reporting their projected greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to the European Environment Agency (EEA) to make significant reductions in agricultural emissions by 2030.
Given the greater climate ambition set out in the European Green Deal and the Farm to Fork Strategy, I argued that, to properly incentivise, motivate and track progress in the farming sector, a focus on agricultural emissions alone is misleading and should be supplemented by also considering changes in land use emissions and removals that are under the control of farmers.… Read the rest
Today I had the pleasure of contributing to a panel discussion on the European Green Deal at the annual DG AGRI workshop on the medium-term outlook for EU agricultural markets, income and environment. This post consists of a slightly extended version of my remarks.
The European Green Deal is a growth strategy that aims to transform the EU into a prosperous, fair, competitive and resource-efficient economy, with no net emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050, zero pollution and a decoupling of economic growth from resource use. It is also a response to urgent challenges.
Despite progress in some areas, many trends in the farm and food sectors are going in the wrong direction.… Read the rest
Climate mainstreaming of the EU budget was introduced in the
Commission’s Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) proposal for the period 2014-2020
which first put forward the idea that “the optimal achievement of objectives
in some policy areas – including climate action, environment, consumer policy,
health and fundamental rights – depends on the mainstreaming of priorities into
a range of instruments in other policy areas” (COM(2011)500).
The Commission advocated in particular that the EU budget could play an
important role in catalysing the specific investments needed to meet the EU’s
climate targets and to ensure climate resilience.
fiche on climate action in the Annex to the 2011 MFF proposal included the idea
that the proportion of EU budget spending contributing to the EU’s transition
to a low carbon and climate resilient society should be increased to at least
20%, subject to impact assessment evidence.… Read the rest
The Commission published its Communication
on the European Green Deal in mid-December 2019. Previously flagged in
Commission President von der Leyen’s Political
Guidelines for the new Commission, it defines the key political objectives
of the new Commission for the next five years.
The headline commitment is to make Europe the
first climate-neutral continent by 2050 (while conflating the EU with Europe
may seem like over-reach by the Commission, it should be remembered that other
European countries, most recently Switzerland,
either participate in or are linked to the EU Emissions Trading Scheme and the
UK government’s preference
is that it will remain associated after Brexit).… Read the rest