Compromise on emissions directive for intensive livestock farms in Europe
Regulation & Compliances
Sustainability & Environmental Impact
Published Nov 30, 2023
The European Commission initially wanted to include almost all livestock farming sectors under a new regulation, but the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee argued for an exception. In an interim agreement with the Environmental Committee, the threshold for agricultural companies to be included has been significantly increased. However, environmental organizations are disappointed with the watered-down proposals as they believe only 1 percent of European livestock farmers will be subject to the new emission rules.
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The European Commission initially wanted to include almost all livestock farming sectors under the new regulation. The European Parliament's Agriculture Committee argued for an exception. In the interim agreement now reached with the Environmental Committee, the threshold from which agricultural companies are included has been significantly increased compared to an earlier proposal. The agreement stipulates that the rules will apply to agricultural companies from 350 livestock units (LU) for pigs, 280 LU for poultry, 300 LU for laying hens and 380 LU for mixed companies. Converted to the animal coefficient used, this means that for pig farmers the rules apply from 1,200 animals, for sow farmers from 700 animals, for turkey farmers from 9,300 animals, for duck farmers from 28,000 animals, for broiler farmers from 40,000 animals and for laying hen farmers from 21,400 animals. . In cattle and (organic) pig farming, land-based and extensive farms are excluded from the regulation. ...