What are the practical consequences of LULUCF Regulation for the forest-based sector?

Joint workshop of forest-based stakeholders (EUSTAFOR, EOS, CEPI and CEPF) on the practical consequences of the Regulation for the inclusion of Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) within the 2030 EU Climate and Energy framework

25 September 2018, Tuscany Region Office in Brussels, Rond-point Robert Schuman 14, Brussels, Belgium

Background:

The 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 (LULUCF Regulation) was adopted by the Council on 14 May 2018, following the European Parliament vote on 17 April 2018. The Regulation ensures implementation of political agreement  that the land use sector, along with other sectors, contributes to the EU’s 2030 emission reduction target. It is also in line with the Paris Agreement, which points to the critical role of the land use sector in reaching the long-term climate mitigation objectives.

To support the Member States in complying with the LULUCF Regulation, a technical guidance document has been prepared by IIASA for DG Climate Action in July 2018. The aim of this document is to provide guidance for the Member States on the establishment of Forest Reference Levels (FRLs) and National Forestry Accounting Plans (NFAPs) as required by the LULUCF Regulation.

Overall objective:

The aim of the workshop is to assess how the new LULUCF regulation will or can be implemented and what the potential impacts on forest management and on the EU forest‑based sector are.

The main focus will be on 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. 

Audience: 

The workshop was dedicated to experts of the forest-based sector stakeholders, and it is open to experts, stakeholders, policymakers and researchers who have an interest in the topic.

Agenda:

Session 1: Setting the scene 

• Moderator of the event: Aigar Kallas, Estonian State Forest (RMK)

Fabio Boscaleri, Tuscany Region – Welcome addresses

Katarina Dahlman on behalf of Nils Torvalds, Member of the EU Parliament  Objectives of the LULUCF Regulation

How managed forests and wood products contribute towards fulfilling the Paris Agreement ambitions 

Viorel Blujdea, Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania The role of European forests in climate change mitigation and adaptation

Jörg Schweinle, Thunen Institute – How carbon balance of wood in Germany would be affected by different forest management options

• Q&A 

Session 2 (part 1): Towards the implementation of the LULUCF Regulation 

Simon Kay, European Commission (DG CLIMA) – The scope of the LULUCF Regulation

Giacomo Grassi, European Commission (DG JRC) and Anu Korosuo, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) How to account for greenhouse gas emissions and removals in forests? Guidance document for developing and reporting the new Forest Reference Levels 

• Q&A 

Session 2 (part 2): Towards the implementation of the LULUCF Regulation 

Heikki Granholm, Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forests – Views on the LULUCF regulations and practical implications for Finland  

Florian Clayes, French Ministry of Ecological and Solidary Transition and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food How Forest Reference Levels will be developed by France 

Oliver Gardi, Bern University of Applied Sciences – Harvested wood products (HWP) in the Swiss GHG inventory 

• Q&A    

Session 3: Potential impacts of the LULUCF Regulation on the sector

Marten Larsson, Swedish Forest Industries Federation – Implications of the LULUCF regulation for the Swedish forest-based sector 

Marta Nurczyńska and Tomasz Grzegorzewicz, State Forests Poland Implications of the LULUCF regulation for the Polish forest-based sector 

Consuelo Rosauro Meseguer and Miguel Fernandez Chamon, Murcia Region (Spain) – Multiple benefits of climate action at the local level: The LIFE CO2 project 

• Q&A 

Discussion on the implementation of the LULUCF Regulation

Conclusions by the moderator

Opening:

Session 1 – part 1:

Session 1 – part 2:

Session 2:

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