Summary of core provisions and expected effects

EU LULUCF Regulation explained

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This paper aims to provide an overview of the 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 (LULUCF Regulation, European Commission 2018f) and facilitate understanding of its content and implications. To do so, we first describe the most important aspects of the Regulation. We compare these with the rules under the current EU LULUCF Decision (Decision No 529/2013/EU, European Commission 2013) applicable until 2020 and present the major changes. Finally, we give a first glimpse at potential implications of the rules for individual Member States and the EU and discuss opportunities as well as risks related to the Regulation.

The paper addresses representatives of NGOs, national authorities and other interested experts and non-experts. It is meant to provide an overview of the main aspects the LULUCF Regulation deals with and to highlight some of the crucial changes that were introduced. It also analyses the implications the accounting rules might have by using publically

The publication has received funding from the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety under the project „Scientific analyses on the implementation and further development of the EU climate protection framework by 2030“ FKZ: UM17 41 3070