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Accounting rule loopholes bad news for our forests - 20 Jun 2017

Around one third of CO2 emissions between 1750 and 2011 came from changes in land use and forest cover, according to a 2013 report by IPCC. This figure shows just how important it is for us to manage our global forests considerately in order to avoid putting further pressure on our already fragile climate.

Seeing the effects of climate change has added urgency to finding a way to address the global problem of deforestation, but the results have been mixed.

As the European Parliament plans to update their decision on how emissions are accounted for within the EU's Paris Agreement commitments over the next few days, many are jostling for the accounting rules to be watered down – making it easier for some, such as the woody biomass industry, to hide the true impact of their processes on the environment.

If an incorrect baseline makes it appear that forests have sequestered more CO2 than they actually have, this can then justify putting off meaningful emission reductions elsewhere. An issue that must be avoided.

According to environmental commentator Zac Gratton: "The second major issue surrounds the Emissions Sharing Regulation. This allows removals from the LULUCF sector to be used as carbon credits to compensate for emissions in sectors not covered by the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). These non-ETS sectors are responsible for almost 60% of the EU’s emissions, and include transportation, agriculture, waste and buildings.

"If these rules are included in the LULUCF regulation on June 22nd, it will mean that the C sequestration capacities of forests can be used to avoid making meaningful cuts in other areas of society".

Accounting for all emissions correctly, on the other hand, would incentivise climate friendly forest management instead of encouraging burning forests for biomass, whereas allowing people to manipulate these rules could cause long-lasting, damaging effects.



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