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Parliamentary questions
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17 January 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Michal Wiezik
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Soil organic carbon in LULUCF

To deliver additional greenhouse gas emissions reductions, the Commission will review and propose a revision of climate policy, where necessary, by June 2021. Part of this ambition at present is to apply a zero net debit rule in the land use, land use change and forestry sector (LULUCF). European forests store 2.5 times more carbon in soil than they do in tree biomass, and intensive forestry practices impoverish this pool. Through managing forests in a way that is close to nature, or does not involve interventions, the pool can be strengthened. Soil carbon is, however, included among the pools that do not need to be accounted for in the LULUCF legislation if the changes to the stock bring about the removal of CO₂.

Could the Commission carry out an impact assessment, as part of the review, of whether it would be relevant to account for – on a mandatory basis – whether positive incentives could potentially make sense and make a difference, through promoting management practices that truly help us in the fight against climate change, and whether such a more nuanced view could go hand in hand with an increase in the overall ambition?

Original language of question: SK
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