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The role of the LULUCF sector and emission removal technologies in reaching carbon neutrality in 2050

This webinar presents and discusses the findings of a report by SEI Tallinn. The analysis, conducted as part of the Climate Recon 2050 project, analyses the role of the LULUCF sector in member states’ national long-term strategies. The report describes the current situation, highlights key challenges and shortcomings of long-term strategies, and proposes a way forward for integrating the LULUCF sector into climate neutrality strategies.

13 December 2022 at 10:00 CET

ending at 11:30 CET

Germany and Online
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Kaidi Tamm /

Mining and harvesting of peatland. Photo: Maksim Safaniuk/Getty Images

Given that many advanced economies have now committed to the target of climate neutrality by 2050, it is necessary to examine the emerging plans that they will use to achieve this goal. The national long-term strategy (LTS) is the key document describing this within the European Union. Under IPCC guidelines, emission removals are linked to a very great extent to the land-use, land-use change, and forestry (LULUCF) sector. This describes natural emission and sequestration processes across six different land-categories: forest land, cropland, grassland, wetlands, settlements, other land. The LULUCF sector comprises potential natural sinks of greenhouse gases. However, emerging technologies are also being sought to remove emissions by other means, e.g., carbon-capture and storage, carbon-capture and utilization, direct air capture and biotechnology and carbon capture.

The LTSs for climate neutrality of Member States vary in the importance they assign to LULUCF. Overall, 20 of the 22 LTSs published so far address the topic, whereas 14 of them discuss the topic as a separate chapter and 6 integrate it with agriculture. However, the extent to which countries with significant potential in the sector explore its contribution to climate neutrality varies, even among Member States with significant needs for modernization of their existing legacy networks.

The event will take place on 13 December 2022 from 10:00 – 11:30 CET, via the Zoom platform.The event will be live streamed and recorded. 


Moderator: Kaidi Tamm (SEI Tallinn, senior expert)

10.00-10.10 Welcome and framing 

10.10-10.35 LULUCF and emission removal technologies in national Long-Term Strategies: Member States’ visions for sustainable land use and reaching carbon neutrality (Brigita Tool and Peter Walke, SEI Tallinn) Analysis to be published at (15 min presentation + 10 min Q&A)

10.35-11.10 Panel discussion: The potential and risks in the LULUCF sector in reaching climate neutrality in the EU

  • Hannes Böttcher, Öko-Institut, Member Commission expert group on LULUCF, Germany
  • Kädi Ristkok, Estonian Ministry of Environment, Estonia
  • Marina Vitullo,  Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA), Italy

11.10-11.25 Q&A and discussion with the audience

11.25-11.30 Summary and wrap-up

This event will take place in the framework of the Climate Recon 2050 project which is a platform for intra-EU dialogue on national long-term strategies that was started in 2017. It aims to connect national experts involved in drafting and implementing LTSs and provides a forum for the exchange of experiences and best practices.

SEI participants

Kaidi Tamm

Head of Unit, Senior Expert (Sustainable Cities and Resilient Communities Unit)

SEI Tallinn

Brigita Tool

Junior Expert (Sustainable Cities and Resilient Communities Unit)

SEI Tallinn

Peter Robert Walke

Expert (Climate Systems and Energy Policy Unit)

SEI Tallinn

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