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Informal Energy and Environment Minister Meetings

Last week, the French Presidency of the Council hosted informal meetings for energy and environmental ministers to discuss a range of topics, including “The role of forests and the wood sector in environmental, energy and climate policies”. The negotiations on the LULUCF regulation and REDIII in particular were part of the discussions. Ministers in general agreed that forest carbon sinks will play a major role in achieving climate neutrality, that recycling and energy recovery of biomass wastes should be improved, and that the cascading principle is important and should be applied with proper judgement. Generally, a joint approach of both energy and environmental ministries was seen as a steppingstone to get out of a “silo approach”.