Tiilikainen: EU’s LULUCF proposal would restrict the use of wood too much – “Forests cannot be just a passive lump”

Summary:
Minister of Agriculture and the Environment Kimmo Tiilikainen thinks the European Commission’s proposal on the LULUCF sector is too focused on a climate viewpoint. Forest policy is also based on the need to produce material for the industry. Forests are a source of employment and are important for environmental diversity and social well-being. He suggests that wood-based products should have their own category in carbon sink calculations. Current comparison levels may create restrictions to bioeconomy and do not encourage long-term use of wood. Forests should be an active instrument of climate policy, he says.

Media:  Maaseudun Tulevaisuus
Date: 20.3.2017
Journalist: Maria Pohjala
Main source: Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister of Agriculture and the Environment

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