Land Use And Forestry To Contribute To Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Under The European Union Framework

Author:Ms Armelle Sandrin-Deforge and Pierre Chevillard
Profession:Jones Day

On May 30, 2018, the European Parliament and Council adopted Regulation (EU) 2018/841 "on the inclusion of greenhouse gas emissions and removals from land use, land use change and forestry in the 2030 climate and energy framework" ("LULUCF Regulation"). Removals of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere occur as a result of absorption of such gases in forests or other natural environments that act as carbon sinks.

Building on the Paris Agreement, which emphasizes the importance of climate mitigation through land use activities, the LULUCF Regulation supplements the regulatory framework to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This consists of: (i) the EU Emission Trading System ("ETS"), which covers mainly large-scale industrial facilities and the aviation sector; (ii) the Emission Sharing Decision for non-ETS sectors (e.g., waste, agriculture); and now (iii) the LULUCF Regulation regarding greenhouse gas emissions and removals from land use, land use change, and forestry.

In order to limit deforestation and conserve carbon stocks, the LULUCF Regulation provides that Member States must ensure...

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