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ESA: Reducing greenhouse gases – looking for experts

6.12.2019

PR (19)35

Extended cooperation on climate change: ESA is looking for experts on land use and forestry.

Iceland, Norway and The European Union have agreed to deepen their cooperation in climate action. This is important for the collective delivery of the respective commitments under the Paris Agreement, aiming to reduce the emission of gases that contribute to global warming on climate change.

The extended cooperation aligns the actions of the EU, Iceland and Norway to reduce greenhouse gases related to land use, land use change and forestry. One of the first actions is for Iceland and Norway to present their plans to ESA.

ESA is establishing an expert group to assist it in the technical assessment of the national forestry accounting plans to be submitted by Iceland and Norway. ESA is now inviting experts to join. More information is available in our call for application.

The deadline for applying is 3 January 2020.

Background:

  • On 25 October 2019, the EEA Joint Committee incorporated key EU climate acts into the EEA Agreement. These acts are currently in the process of national parliamentary approval.
  • The extended cooperation aligns the actions of the EU, Iceland and Norway to reduce emissions from sectors outside the European Emission Trading System (“EU ETS”), namely transport, buildings, waste management and agriculture, and their actions related to land use, land use change and forestry.
  • The Land Use Land Use Change and Forestry Regulation (LULUCF) requires that greenhouse gas emissions from land use, land use change and forestry are balanced by at least an accounted equivalent removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in the period 2021–2030, the so called ‘no-debit' rule.
  • Next step will be to establish forest references levels for accounting of the emissions and removals of managed forest land. Iceland and Norway have to submit draft forest reference levels as part of their national forestry accounting plans to ESA.

For further information, please contact:

Elsa Gunnarsdóttir
Communications
tel. +32 2 286 18 97
mob. +32 490 57 63 21




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