The European Commission has outlined pathways to carbon neutrality in 2050 all of which require negative emissions. The most cost-effective, readily available negative emission comes from forests and other ecosystems, which absorb carbon from the atmosphere. The LULUCF regulation will soon be finalised, and across Europe the expectation is that carbon stored in forest will decline over the next five years.
This event outlined the expected trends and present options for how we can encourage a larger carbon sink in line with what is needed to achieve Europe’s climate goals.
Event format: A question that each panelist can answer in 10 minutes.
- Introduction by Ville Niinistö, Finnish Green MEP: Climate neutrality by 2050, Why is action to protect ecosystems important?
- Kelsey Perlman, Forest and Climate Campaigner, Fern: Current trends in EU forests, What are the current trends in the carbon sink and where should we be heading?
- João Paulo Fidalgo Carvalho, Professor of silviculture and Pro Silva representative: Vision of the sector, What does biodiversity-friendly forestry look like?
- Nils Meyer-Ohlendorf, Ecologic: EU Governance for CO2 Removals in EU law, What could a removals target look like?
- Ecologic's research paper: 'EU Framework for CO2 Removals – Targets and Commitments'