Follow-up of the stakeholders’ workshop on the LULUCF implementation
The European Commission Regulation on the inclusion of greenhouse gas emissions and removals from land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) into the 2030 climate and energy framework was adopted on 14 May 2018. Currently, the EU Member States are establishing the forest reference levels to be used when accounting the emissions and removals from the managed forest land for the period from 2021 to 2025. The proposed reference levels will be submitted to the European Commission by 31 December 2018. Consequently, CEPF, CEPI, EOS and EUSTAFOR jointly organised a workshop on LULUCF’s practical consequences for the forest-based sector in Brussels.

The aim of the workshop, organised on 25 September, was to assess how the new LULUCF regulation will be implemented and what are the potential impacts for the sustainable forest management and EU forest-based sector. The participants discussed e.g. the planning of future harvesting levels and potential implications for the domestic wood supply in the EU and, specifically, on the down-stream value chains.

The presentations were given by the speakers from EU institutions, Member States, research and stakeholder organisations. MEP Nils Torvalds (FI/ALDE), the European Parliament shadow rapporteur of the LULUCF Regulation was represented by his advisor Katarina Dahlman. Ms Dahlman welcomed the participants to the workshop and reminded the participants about the LULUCF discussions prior the adoption of the legislative proposal. The workshop was moderated by Aigar Kallas from the Estonian State Forests (RKP).

Presentations of the day can be found as follows: 

Aigar Kallas, Estonian State Forests (RKP): Moderator’s conclusions

SESSION 1 “How managed forests and wood products contribute towards fulfilling the Paris Agreement ambitions?”

SESSION 2 “Towards the implementation of the LULUCF Regulation”

SESSION 3 “Potential impacts of the LULUCF Regulation on the sector”