Fossil fuels – left untouched – store carbon for millennia.
Forests can also store carbon but for much shorter time periods. Climate scientists measure emissions and removals of carbon dioxide from land and forests separately from fossil fuel emissions. This sector is called LULUCF - Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry. In EU climate policy it is one of three sectors which together must reduce EU greenhouse gas emissions to at least 40 per cent below 1990 levels by 2030.
Fern analyses and explains prohibitively complicated LULUCF discussions so that civil society and politicians can be more involved.
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Beyond Sibiu. Here's why EU leaders must think about forests.
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Key forest-rich countries fail to acknowledge climate impact of increased logging, says EU expert group
12 April, Brussels – Despite the climate emergency, most EU countries are planning to significantly increase the logging of their forests. This will reduce forests’ ability to store carbon, meaning there could be 400 Mt more...
The EU’s new LULUCF Regulation: is it fit for (climate) purpose?
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LULUCF: EU misses key chance to deliver on Paris Agreement
The EU missed a golden chance to deploy its forests in the fight against climate change. The EU finalised carbon accounting rules on land and forests (known as the LULUCF Regulation). This is the first attempt to amend legislation...