The meeting is set to take place tomorrow where a vote will be held by the 750 members. The main aim is to make it more difficult to use grasslands and forests to cut emissions as part of the 2030 action plan.
The news comes after a trip made by the IFA last week to Belgium, where they attempted to push the EU for tougher emission related rules.
The vote by the MEPS was described as negative by the IFA’s environment chairman, Thomas Cooney. He felt agriculture was being unfairly targeted with the proposed reduction of forestry to combat emission numbers.
The new proposed rules would mean that Ireland would be faced with the daunting prospect of cutting greenhouse emissions by 30% by 2030. This is compared to 2005 levels, and would mean the need for 26.8 million tonnes of Co2 to be replaced with forestry and grasslands. Although the plan and main aim of the new rule changes is to lower this to 18 million tonnes.
Commenting on the changes the Irish Farmers Association said this would lead to millions of tonnes of forestry being written off and said that agreements already in place shouldn’t be messed with.
Mr. Cooney, Environment chairman of IFA, suggested this is a step in the wrong direction and called on the Parliament to do everything in their power to maximise carbon savings.
The aim of the EU is to cut emissions specifically in agriculture, construction and waste sectors, and transport. This is because they are not currently part of the bloc carbon trading scheme.