Greenhouse gas emissions from land use, land-use change and forestry, disaggregated assessment level

Policy Question
  Indicator codes: CLIM 057

Key messages

(24 Oct 2021)

Through its land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) activities, the EU currently removes a net total of 249 Mt CO2e from the atmosphere every year, equivalent to 7% of its annual greenhouse gas emissions. The sector will play a crucial role in helping the EU achieve net zero emissions by 2050. Doing so will require reversing the current decreasing trend of the EU's carbon sink. According to national projections from EU Member States, current measures in place will not be sufficient to achieve this, with an average removal of 200 Mt CO2e per year in 2030. However, implementing the national measures currently at planning stage could increase the current EU carbon sink by 3%.

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