EU Council agrees new rules to drive down deforestation

European Council
Tuesday, June 28, 2022
The Council today adopted its negotiating position (general approach) on a proposal to limit the consumption of products contributing to deforestation or forest degradation. Agnès Pannier-Runacher, French minister for the energy transition, said, "We must ensure that the products we consume at home do not contribute to depleting the planet's forest reserves. The innovative text that we have adopted will make it possible to combat deforestation, within the European Union but also outside of it. This is a major step forward which also illustrates our ambition for the climate and for biodiversity". The Council agreed to set mandatory due diligence rules for all operators and traders who place, make available or export the following products from the EU market: palm oil, beef, timber, coffee, cocoa and soy. The rules also apply to a number of derived products such as leather, chocolate and furniture.
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