Forests and climate: NGO Statements
This letter to Commissioner Bulc explains why NGOs are concerned about his statement that “Biofuels are the ‘best choice’ at this point to start to decarbonize the industry”. Relying on large-scale biofuel cultivation leads to more environmental damage. The only way Europe’s aviation policy can help meet Paris Agreement goals is to focus on reducing demand.
For more than 12,000 years the Hambacher forest has stood in North West Germany. It is home to iconic and endangered species, such as the iconic Lily of the Valley, the Agile Frog and the Dormouse.
We, the undersigned organisations, condemn the clear-cutting of this beautiful and ancient forest of European importance and demand an end to all activities that harm the forest and its inhabitants.
LULUCF is a crucial pillar of the EU’s 2030 climate and energy framework, alongside the Emissions Trading System and the Effort Sharing Regulation.
The proposed Regulation for the Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) sectors (which determines how Member States must act between 2021 and 2030) is unambitious and must be strengthened in several ways to ensure LULUCF sectors sufficiently contribute to keeping temperature rise to well below 2°C (and pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5°C).
The following recommendations, put together and endorsed by all members of CAN Europe as well as Fern, Transport & environment and Bird life international show how to improve the LULUCF proposal and show that Europe must shift towards more sustainable forestry and land management as the most feasible option to achieve negative emissions at scale.
This letter from eleven NGOs urges the European Commission to ensure that the final decision on the effort sharing decision is not watered down, but instead that ambition is increased. The letter makes two recommendations:
- The starting point should be based on trajectory from actual 2016-2018 emissions, and 2021 ESD targets for those countries that will not meet their targets (for fairness).
- Carbon removals from forest and land use should be promoted in addition to (and not replacing) emission reductions in agriculture, waste, buildings etc.
The European Commission will issue their proposal on the 20th July 2016
A group of NGOs, including Fern, has outlined its position ahead of the COP21 Climate Conference in Paris. They emphasise that land use has a crucial role to play both in attempts to tackle climate change, and to ensure food security, and should underpin strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to their consequences.