Lithuania supports fairly distributed emissions reduction obligations2017-10-13
A meeting of the EU Environment Council, in which Lithuania is represented by Minister of the Environment Kęstutis Navickas, is held today in Luxembourg. The meeting will be dedicated to issues of reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, which are relevant for all of Europe.
The Environment Council will seek to approve the joint approach to effort sharing and land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) regulations, which will enable to start negotiations with the European Parliament. These regulations are intended to implement the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
The effort sharing regulation covers the following sectors: agriculture, transport, waste management, households, etc. It was agreed that Lithuania will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 9% compared to 2005. The LULUCF regulation lays down the methodological requirements regarding the inclusion of the greenhouse gas of the LULUCF sector in the EU objective implementation. After the lengthy negotiations in the working group, Lithuania is ready to approve the set objectives, but will seek to ensure that issues of key importance to Lithuania be also taken into account.
According to Minister of the Environment Kęstutis Navickas, Lithuania understands the importance of implementation of the Paris Agreement: “We will actively work to contribute to the achievement of the objectives of fight against climate change by undertaking fairly distributed greenhouse gas reduction obligations. However, even in case all the envisaged flexibility measures are used up, it will be difficult for Lithuania to achieve the greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals without additional investments. We therefore propose increasing the 2021 quota and providing Member States with opportunities to seek to implement the objective using the most beneficial measures – by investing in climate change mitigation measures rather than using funds to purchase quotas.”
According to political, measures and greenhouse gas forecasts until 2035, the amount of greenhouse gas emissions in the transport and agricultural sectors will increase. It is therefore necessary to provide for and implement additional legal and economic measures to create a competitive, circular and low-carbon economy, which will ensure the implementation of the Paris Agreement. This will inevitably encourage investments in the upgrade of transport and agriculture, renovation of buildings, and in the waste management sector.
During the meeting, ministers of the environment will also approve the Council’s conclusions regarding the EU priorities for the 3rd UN Environmental Assembly and regarding the Paris Agreement and preparations for the UN Framework Climate Change Convention meetings in Bonn.
Public Relations Department
13 October 2017