New research shows risk of including land use and forests in EU’s emissions target

June 16, 2015

Two days before the European Union closes its consultation on the role that land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) should play in EU climate effort, new research reveals that including this sector in emissions reductions plans would cause havoc in the EU’s climate and energy package, and could undermine the EU’s climate target by more than 10 per cent, in effect meaning the EU’s target would not be ‘at least 40 per cent’, as it pledged, but 35 per cent or lower.This would go against the EU’s commitment in its international climate pledge that LULUCF would be treated with ‘environmental integrity’. To avoid this, the report recommends that the EU creates a LULUCF pillar and that changes are made to accounting rules.

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