Members' Research Service By / December 13, 2021

Revision of the LULUCF Regulation: Strengthening the role of the land use, land-use change and forestry sector in climate action [EU Legislation in Progress]

The European Green Deal, which seeks to make Europe the first climate neutral continent by 2050, is one of the six political priorities of the von der Leyen Commission. The European Climate Law of April 2021 made this ambition legally binding, while also increasing the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target for 2030 from ‘at least’ 40 % to ‘at least’ 55 % net, compared to 1990.

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Written by Liselotte Jensen (3rd edition, updated on 05.07.2022).

To align regulations and policies with the legally binding goals – delivering, by 2030, a 55 % net greenhouse gas emissions reduction compared to 1990, and reaching climate neutrality in Europe by 2050 – on 14 July the European Commission presented its first proposals under the ‘fit for 55’ package.

One of these proposals involves amending Regulation (EU) 2018/841 on emissions and removals from land use, land-use change and forestry (the LULUCF Regulation). Among the main changes envisaged are to merge, as of 2030, the LULUCF sector with the non-CO2 agricultural sector in a new climate pillar, which would have to achieve climate neutrality by 2035. Moreover, by 2030, LULUCF carbon removals would have to increase to 310 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent (CO2e). For the post-2025 period, the Commission would set individual targets for each Member State.

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The proposal was referred to the European Parliament’s Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI), which appointed Ville Niinistö (Greens/EFA, Finland) as rapporteur. ENVI adopted its report on 17 May 2022, and Parliament adopted its position in plenary on 8 June. The Environment Council adopted its general approach during its meeting of 28 June 2022.

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Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending 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
Committee responsible:Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI)COM(2021) 554
14.7.2021
Rapporteur:Ville Niinistö (Greens/EFA, Finland)2021/0201(COD)
Next steps expected:Dan-Ştefan Motreanu (EPP, Romania)
Delara Burkhardt (S&D, Germany)
Martin Hojsík (Renew, Slovakia)
Laura Huhtasaari (ID, Finland)
Anna Zalewska (ECR, Poland)
Manuel Bompard (The Left, France)
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD)
(Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
Next steps expected: Trilogue negotiations
Stage: Trilogue

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