A JRC-led group of forestry research experts has developed a rigorous new fact-based carbon accounting system that reflects how forest management practices can help mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
This new system has been recently adopted by the EU as the scientific basis for integrating the land-use, land-use change and forestry (LULUCF) sector in its climate strategy.
Forests can play a big role in mitigating greenhouse gases
While they are growing, trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere through photosynthesis and store it as carbon in their wood.
Through proper forest management, trees acting as “carbon sinks” can have a significant impact on carbon reduction.
Conversely, deforestation can make them “carbon sources”, exacerbating global warming.
Therefore, sustainable forest management can help mitigate GHG emissions.