LULUCFLand Use, Land Use Change and Forestry
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After long being left in abeyance at international level due to difficulties defining an accounting method, the matter of emissions and/or removal of greenhouse gases by LULUCF was finally included in the instruments to be put in place under the Kyoto Protocol to assess total emissions by parties, and a methodology defined, at the global climate conference in Durban (Decision CMP.7).
The member states will have to draw up action plans to reduce or limit emissions and maintain or increase removal capacities in terms of LULUCF emissions sources.
Should emissions and removals of greenhouse gases (GHG) due to land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF in Kyoto jargon) be included in the calculation of emissions reduction targets for 2020?
The EU is likely to get its way, however, on proposals to measure emissions from land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) against a future business-as-usual scenario rather than a historical baseline as developing countries and NGOs prefer.
Stressing the importance of forests in combating climate change, MEPs note that the EU's Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) in its current form is incompatible with land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) accounting (agricultural and forest activities) and call for a review of the situation as well as the possibility to finance carbon savings resulting from LULUCF activities.
Results for the EU27: In 2006, the EU's total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions were 10.8% lower than the reference year (1990), not taking account of the absorption resulting from land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF), and 0.3% lower than emissions in 2005.