LULUCF: practical consequences for the forest-based sector (meeting proceedings available now)

Joint workshop on the practical consequences of the introduction of the Regulation for the inclusion of Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) within the 2030 EU Climate and Energy framework

Tuscany Region Brussels Office, Rond-point Robert Schuman 14, Brussels, Belgium

25 September 2018 

Overall objective:

The aim of the workshop is to assess how the new LULUCF regulation will or can be implemented and what the potential impacts on forest management and on the EU forest‑based sector are.

The main focus will be on the planning of future harvesting levels and potential implications for the domestic wood supply in the EU and, specifically, on the down-stream value chains. 

Audience: 

The workshop is dedicated to experts of the forest-based sector stakeholders, and it is open to experts, stakeholders, policymakers and researchers who have an interest in the topic.

Timetable

10:00 to 10:30 // Coffee and registration

10:30 to 11:20 // Session 1: Setting the scene 

• Moderator of the event: Aigar Kallas, RMK – Estonian State Forest – Moderator’s Conclusions

Fabio Boscaleri, Tuscany Region – Welcome addresses

Nils Torvalds, Member of the EU Parliament (to be confirmed) Objectives of the LULUCF Regulation

How managed forests and wood products contribute towards fulfilling the Paris Agreement ambitions 

Viorel Blujdea, Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania The role of European forests in climate change mitigation and adaptation

Jörg Schweinle, Thunen Institute – How carbon balance of wood in Germany would be affected by different forest management options

• Q&A 

11:20 to 12:30 // Session 2 (part 1): Towards the implementation of the LULUCF Regulation 

Simon Kay, European Commission (DG CLIMA) – The scope of the LULUCF Regulation

Giacomo Grassi, European Commission (DG JRC) and Anu Korosuo, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) How to account for greenhouse gas emissions and removals in forests? Guidance document for developing and reporting the new Forest Reference Levels 

• Q&A 

12.30 to 13.30 // Lunch 

13:30 to 14:20 // Session 2 (part 2): Towards the implementation of the LULUCF Regulation 

Heikki Granholm, Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forests – Views on the LULUCF regulations and practical implications for Finland  

Florian Clayes, French Ministry of Ecological and Solidary Transition and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food How Forest Reference Levels will be developed by France 

Oliver Gardi, Bern University of Applied Sciences – Harvested wood products (HWP) in the Swiss GHG inventory 

• Q&A    

14.20 to 14.30 // Short coffee break

14:30 to 15:20 // Session 3: Potential impacts of the LULUCF Regulation on the sector

Marten Larsson, Swedish Forest Industries Federation – Implications of the LULUCF regulation for the Swedish forest-based sector 

Marta Nurczyńska and Tomasz Grzegorzewicz, State Forests Poland Implications of the LULUCF regulation for the Polish forest-based sector 

Consuelo Rosauro Meseguer and Miguel Fernandez Chamon, Murcia Region (Spain) – Multiple benefits of climate action at the local level: The LIFE CO2 project 

• Q&A 

15:20 to 16:00 // Discussion on the implementation of the LULUCF Regulation

16:00 to 16:15 // Conclusions by the moderator

Opening:

Session 1 – part 1:

Session 1 – part 2:

Session 2:

 

EU Bioeconomy Strategy seeks for a systematic approach to address the bioeconomy value chain

Today, the European Commission published its Communication on the update of the EU Bioeconomy Strategy: A sustainable Bioeconomy for Europe – Strengthening the connection between economy, society and the environment. European forest owners and managers welcome this long-awaited strategy that aims at supporting the development of a sustainable, circular bioeconomy in the EU and contributing to the international sustainability agendas and their respective policy objectives and priorities.

On a positive note, the strategy acknowledges that the bioeconomy has the potential to be a game changer in terms of economic growth and better life in local communities by, among other things, enhancing competitiveness and creating new jobs, especially in rural and remote areas of Europe. Furthermore, the bioeconomy is seen as a crucial component in the efforts to tackle climate change by meeting the objectives of the Paris Agreement and decarbonizing European societies.

Renewable biomaterials, such as wood, have a great potential to displace carbon if they are used to substitute non-renewable and high energy-intensive materials. In this regard, forest owners and managers regret that the concrete actions proposed by the Commission seem to miss the opportunity to tap into this potential. In addition, the undersigned organisations would like to highlight that the further development of the circular bioeconomy, by encompassing ecosystem services, does not only provide well-being to local communities but also strengthens the resilience and health of terrestrial ecosystems and prevents the impact of devastating factors such as forest fires and/or pest and disease outbreaks.

To deploy investments, the market needs to have a clear political direction. Therefore, a long-term vision and commitment to developing the European bioeconomy is needed. Ambitious goals need to be set and actions must be monitored over time. The undersigned organisations welcome the systemic approach of the new strategy to the development of the bioeconomy and are glad to see the enhanced importance of cross-sectoral cooperation and policy coherence. The previous strategy, from 2012, included too many actions that were difficult to measure and many of them were lacking ambition. In the renewed strategy this problem seems to be solved.

“Scaling-up of research and innovation outlets via the market pull mechanism is important, but care should be taken when developing new standards or labels for bio-based products. From the primary producers’ viewpoint, it is of utmost importance that existing legislation and voluntary schemes are adequately taken into account when considering the development of new labels or standards. As mentioned in the updated strategy, the EU is already a global leader in the sustainable use of natural resources, i.e. raw material from Europe’s forests is sustainable regardless of its end use”, reminds Meri Siljama, Interim Secretary General of CEPF.

“A bottom-up approach and strengthening the role of local bioeconomies is crucial concerning the development of the bioeconomy. The Strategic Deployment Agenda, which will provide a long-term vision on ways to deploy and scale up the bioeconomy in a sustainable and circular manner, seems to be the right way forward. Developing pilot actions, such as forestry carbon farms, may potentially provide innovative solutions in the context of the evaluation of the entire spectrum of ecosystem services which forestry provides to the society. This, however, must be carefully analyzed in order to tap into the potential of the forest sector and avoid any counter-productive effects”, notes Piotr Borkowski, Executive Director of EUSTAFOR.

“For the bioeconomy strategy to be successful, farmers and forest owners should be considered as strategic partners rather than simply feedstock providers along the bio-based value chain. This role should be better addressed in the implementation of the updated strategy including the future private public partnerships. Following the Commission’s Communication, we will need to make sure that any guidance takes into account the three pillars of sustainability and promotes simplification in the implementation of the proposed actions”, says Pekka Pesonen, Secretary General of Copa and Cogeca.

For further information, please contact:

European State Forest Association (EUSTAFOR)
Piotr Borkowski
EUSTAFOR Executive Director
Tel.: +32 (0)2 239 23 06
piotr.borkowski@eustafor.eu

Confederation of European Forest Owners (CEPF)
Meri Siljama
CEPF Interim Secretary General
Tel.: +32 491 73 56 05
meri.siljama@cepf-eu.org

European Farmers and European Agri-Cooperative (Copa and Cogeca)
Oana Neagu
Copa and Cogeca Director
Tel.: +32 2 287 27 26
Oana.Neagu@copa-cogeca.eu

Jean-Baptiste Boucher
Copa and Cogeca Press Officer
Mobile: + 32 474 840 836
jean-baptiste.boucher@copa-cogeca.eu