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EU Green Deal - USDA update April 2021

The USDA has released its quarterly report -covering January through March 2021-  and providing details on the status of the EU Green Deal objectives and strategies including the Farm to Fork Strategy (F2F), Biodiversity Strategy, the Climate Target Plan, the EU Methane Strategy, and the Circular Economy Action Plan.

European Commission President Von der Leyen has prioritized her presidency around greening and transforming the EU economy to become carbon neutral by 2050 through the politically  ambitious “EU Green Deal.” As part of the European Green Deal, the European Commission is publishing sector-specific strategies to reach the objective of carbon neutrality by 2050 and to transform the EU economy to be more sustainable such as the Farm to Fork Strategy (F2F) or the Biodiversity Strategy.

This quarterly update report includes details on what was proposed and what has progressed during the period January-Mach 2021. The previous report covering September-December 2020 can be found here.

The Commission has started preparatory work, but most draft legislative proposals are expected in the coming years. On October 20, 2020, the European Commission adopted its 2021 Work Program setting out the actions the Commission aims to take in 2021. To achieve the Green Deal objective of climate neutrality by 2050, the Commission announced that in 2021 it will table a legislative package (“Fit for 55”) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55 percent by 2030. This will cover wide-ranging policy areas including renewable energy, land use and forestry.

The Commission will also publish a proposal for a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism on the risk of carbon leakage.

In addition, the Commission will propose legislation to implement Europe's Circular Economy Action Plan, the EU Biodiversity Strategy, and the F2F.

Click here to read the full report.

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