With its 2030 climate plan unveiled last month, the European Commission has put the spotlight on forests as Europe’s main “carbon sink,” saying their ability to store carbon dioxide must be preserved in order to reach the bloc’s climate goals.
In this Event Report, EURACTIV looks at Europe’s renewed attention to forests and climate change and how wood-based industries fit into the picture.
Forests are the planet’s biggest carbon “sink” – absorbing more CO2 from the atmosphere than they emit – but their contribution to cooling the earth’s climate are currently not fully accounted for under UN rules, experts point out.
The first step to bring forestry under the EU’s emissions trading scheme is to ensure that every tonne of carbon dioxide in the forest is counted so that a certification system for carbon removals can be put in place, Artur Runge-Metzger told EURACTIV.
What if consumers were empowered to make the EU green recovery happen by choosing truly green and circular products, ask Jori Ringman and Viveka Beckeman.
Jori Ringman is the Director-General of the Confederation of European Paper Industries (Cepi) and Viveka Beckeman is …