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Cross-sector stakeholders call for workable EUDR solutions

Cross-sector stakeholders call for workable EUDR solutions
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Twenty-two sectoral organizations have expressed concerns regarding the slow pace of preparation of EU Deforestation Regulation (EUDR related legislative acts. Signatories of a joint letter addressed to Zakia Khattabi, President of the Council for Environment, draw attention to gaps and delays in the setting of the mandatory Information System and highlight the lack of implementation guidance for operators and traders.

Operators and traders, including those from the bioenergy sector, are preparing their supply chains, systems, and due diligence processes to comply with the EU Deforestation Regulation (EUDR).

Their objective is to develop workable solutions to align with the EUDR provisions while limiting administrative burdens.

However, significant information gaps, a lack of appropriate technical solutions, and misconceptions about the value chain operations represent an obstacle at this stage.

As an integral part of the sector, Bioenergy Europe along with 21 other sector organizations have in a jointly undersigned a letter dated March 28, 2024, and addressed to Zakia Khattabi, President of the Council for Environment, Minister for the Climate, the Environment, Sustainable Development, and the Green Deal of Belgium calling for “a workable EUDR implementation.”

In particular, the signatories call on Minister Khattabi to:

  • Urgently resolve legal uncertainty/lack of clarity of essential provisions Operators have been calling for practical guidance since the entry into force of the Regulation. Eight months from the implementation date, many questions are still pending and the pace with which they are addressed is too slow. Although the Commission has provided some clarity in its FAQs and upcoming guidance document, the information is still insufficient/limited. To make the implementation practically feasible, stakeholders along value chains should be included in the guidance elaboration.
  • Make the Information System quickly up to operational standard              The Information System will be a key element in implementing the EUDR by operators and traders. Yet, the pilot test has revealed flows that could hinder compliance, posing unnecessary burdens for operators and traders without any added value to the Regulation goals. Moreover, the current System planning does not provide enough time to train personnel to use the System and connect the internal systems to the Information System. It is essential to include companies in the design of the system.
  • Clarity on the timeline of the Country Benchmarking System                    The announcement on the Country Benchmarking System seems to imply that all countries will be classified under standard risk before the benchmarking system is ready. The sector highlights the implications of this, operators sourcing commodities in countries or regions with low or no evidence of deforestation or forest degradation will not be able to use simplified rules.

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