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LULUCF: rankings reveal member states’ forest policy positions

In order to meet our climate change goals we need to increase natural carbon sinks within the EU to remove CO2 from the atmosphere. Yet the EU’s sink is actually projected to decline between now and 2030, by an estimated 100MT of CO2. To counter this the EU needs to improve its land use accounting rules within the LULUCF regulation. 

However some countries are fighting to undermine land accounting proposals put forward by the Commission last year. The coming weeks are a crucial time to put pressure on ministers and MEPs before ministers discuss the issue on the 19th June at the Environment Council. CAN Europe has taken part in a project coordinated by FERN which reveals the member states with the best and the worst positions on LULUCF. A new website enables users to compare countries’ performance based on their position on the six most important elements of the LULUCF regulation. The ranking reveals some surprises with normally climate friendly countries - France, Finland, Sweden and Austria - trying to weaken proposals.

The site also ranks member states based on their combined LULUCF and ESR position, to provide a fuller picture of how countries are doing in all sectors.

 You can find the LULUCF ranking website here, and a video explaining the why European forests matter for the climate here

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