Revision of the Regulation on the inclusion of greenhouse gas emissions and removals from land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF)

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Memo ta’ informazzjoni: Revision of the Regulation on the inclusion of greenhouse gas emissions and removals from land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF)

Practical information

  1. Composition of the study group
  2. Administrator / Assistant in charge: Judith CARRERAS GARCIA / Luca PITRONE
  3. Contact

Background

The LULUCF revision will be part of the Commissions 'Fit for 55 Package', which will cover wide-ranging policy areas to ensure emission reductions of at least 55 % by 2030. The importance of the LULUCF sector for climate action and the necessity of revision of the current regulation was also mentioned in the 2030 Climate Target Plan adopted by the European Commission and published on 17 September 2020.

From 29 October 2020 - 26 November 2020, the Commission provided a feedback period on its inception impact assessment (IIA), available on the 'Have your say' consultation page of the Commission.

Through the same page, from 13 November 2020 - 05 February 2021 a public consultation was open for stakeholders to provide input on the revision of the LULUCF regulation.

The existing LULUCF regulation was amended in the context of the 2030 climate and energy framework as proposed in 2014. The Regulation (EU) 2018/841 was published in the Official Journal on 19 June 2018 and entered into force on 9 July 2018. As part of the European Green Deal, the European Commission will adopt a new EU Forest Strategy.

The strategy will build on the EU Biodiversity Strategy, cover the whole forest cycle and promote the many services that forests provide. The strategy will also be aimed at ensuring healthy and resilient forests that contribute significantly to biodiversity and climate goals, reduce and respond to natural disasters, secure livelihoods and support a circular bioeconomy and rural communities.

The strategy will further help the EU to meet its international commitments and will form the basis of a clearly established, consistent and holistic approach on forests, allowing stronger EU leadership internationally, in the context of the United Nations 2030 sustainability agenda, the Paris Agreement, the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Convention to Combat Desertification.