Proposal for a Regulation amending Regulations (EU) 2018/841 as regards the scope, simplifying the compliance rules, setting out the targets of the Member States for 2030 and committing to the collective achievement of climate neutrality by 2035 in the land use, forestry and agriculture sector, and (EU) 2018/1999 as regards improvement in monitoring, reporting, tracking of progress and review

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Series Details COM (2021) 554
Publication Date 14/07/2021
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Legislative initiative tabled by the European Commission on 14 July 2021, introducing amendments to Regulation (EU) 2018/841 and Regulation (EU) 2018/1999 in the framework of the climate objectives as enshrined in the European Climate Law.

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Regulation (EU) 2018/814 sets out the commitments of the Member States of the European Union (EU) for the land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) sector that contribute to achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement and meeting the greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction target for the EU for the period 2021-2030. It also lays down rules for the accounting of emissions and removals from LULUCF and for checking compliance of Member States. Regulation (EU) 2018/1999 ensures the implementation of the Energy Union strategy in a coordinated and coherent manner.

This draft law aims to strengthen the contribution of the LULUCF sector to the increased overall climate ambition for 2030. It was unveiled by the European Commission on 14 July 2021, as part of the so-called Fit for 55 legislative package. The plenary of the European Parliament endorsed a negotiating position on 8 June 2022. The Council of the European Union adopted its general approach on 29 June. An informal agreement between the co-legislators on a compromise text for this file was reached on 11 November.

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Institute for Applied Ecology (Oeko Institute): Analysis, 27/01/2022: Analysis of the European Commission proposal for revising the EU LULUCF Regulation
EPRS: Briefing, February 2022: 'Fit for 55' package: Revising the Regulation on land use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) - Initial Appraisal of a European Commission Impact Assessment
EPRS: At a Glance, June 2022: Revision of the regulation on land use, land-use change and forestry
Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI): Press Release, 09/06/2022: The EU Parliament shows ambition on forest sinks, not on materials substitution
EPRS: Briefing, July 2022: Revision of the LULUCF Regulation: Strengthening the role of the land use, land-use change and forestry sector in climate action
FERN NGO: News, 13/07/2022: RED and LULUCF: EU Council prioritises the short-term interest of wood-based industries over the future of forests
Climate Action Network (CAN Europe): Press Release, 11/11/2022: EU settles for a paper target to increase carbon absorption in its forest and land

EurActiv, 28/01/2022: MEPs ‘far away’ from an agreement on merging forest and agriculture sectors under LULUCF
Politico, 16/05/2022: EU climate legislation faces a divided Parliament
ERR News, 29/06/2022: Official: EU forestry, land plan adopted on better terms for Estonia
EurActiv, 11/11/2022: Deal reached on EU law regulating CO2 removals from forestry, land use
Reuters, 11/11/2022: EU agrees law to remove CO2 with woodlands and other carbon sinks
Agriland, 11/11/2022: Council and parliament agree carbon removal target for LULUCF

EUR-LEX: SWD(2021)551: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Subsidiarity Grid
EUR-LEX: SWD(2021)609: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Impact Assessment Report
EUR-LEX: SWD(2021)610: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Executive Summary of the Impact Assessment Report
European Parliament: Legislative Observatory: Procedure File for Proposal on Land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) (2021/0201(COD))
European Parliament: Legislative Train Schedule: Amending the Regulation on greenhouse gas emissions and removals from land use, land use change and forestry
European Commission: DG Climate Action: Land Use, Forestry and Agriculture
European Commission: Press Release, 14/07/2021: European Green Deal: Commission proposes transformation of EU economy and society to meet climate ambitions
European Commission: Questions and Answers - The Effort Sharing Regulation and Land, Forestry and Agriculture Regulation (14 July 2021)
European Parliament: Press Release, 17/05/2022: Fit for 55: New EU carbon sinks goal will increase 2030 reduction target
Greens/EFA EP Group: Press Release, 08/06/2022: European Parliament strengthens Commission's Proposal on LULUCF
S&D EP Group: Newsroom, 08/06/2022: S&Ds: Forests, meadows and moors will help fight climate change thanks to EP vote (LULUCF)
Confederation of European Forest Owners (CEPF): News, 08/06/2022: European Parliament adopted the revision of LULUCF regulation
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 29/06/2022: Fit for 55 package: Council reaches general approaches relating to emissions reductions and their social impacts
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 11/11/2022: ‘Fit for 55’: provisional agreement sets ambitious carbon removal targets in the land use, land use change and forestry sector
European Parliament: Press Release, 11/11/2022: Fit for 55: Deal on carbon sinks goal will increase EU 2030 climate target
European Commission: Press Release, 11/11/2022: European Green Deal: EU agrees to increase carbon removals through land use, forestry and agriculture
Finnish Government: Press Release, 11/11/2022: Trilogue reached provisional agreement on Commission’s LULUCF proposal

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