EU politicians in Brussels have today joined forces to tackle climate change.
MEPs from various member states chose their favourite tree out of a selection of 28 native European species to show their support for a new piece of climate legislation on forestry that the EU Environment Committee voted for today.
Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry – more commonly referred to as LULUCF – holds an important role in helping tackle climate change and as a provider of the feedstock – wood - for the growing bio-economy.
In line with the UN Paris Climate Agreement, the LULUCF legislation proposes to integrate greenhouse gas emissions and removals from land use, land use-change and forestry into the 2030 climate and energy framework. This follows an agreement reached by EU leaders in 2014 that all sectors should contribute to the EU’s emission reduction target.
Paul Brannen, MEP for the North East of England and Shadow Rapporteur for LULUCF, commented: “I am delighted with the breadth of support from fellow MEPs to maintain the EU’s ambition to tackle climate change. Passing this piece of legislation through to the European Parliament is an important step towards ensuring our forests play the best role possible in helping reduce our carbon footprint.
“Trees play a vital role in absorbing greenhouse-gas emissions, making forestry the only sector of the economy to have achieved negative carbon emissions year on year since 1990. LULUCF will help increase forest cover, which currently absorbs 10% of the EU’s carbon emissions and it will also incentivise building in wood, thus aiding the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global warming to less than two degrees Celsius by 2050.”