News story | Date: 10/11/2020 | Ministry of Climate and Environment
Land use, land use change and forestry are key parts of the agreement between EU, Norway and Iceland on joint fulfilment of our 2030 emission targets. Norway has submitted its revised National Forestry Accounting Plan, including the forest reference level to the EFTA Surveillance Authority.
A National Forestry Accounting Plan is required under the EU regulation on land use, land use change and forestry. Norway published its draft National Forestry Accounting Plan in March 2019, and formally notified the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) on 12 March 2020, the day after the agreement on our joint fulfillment of the 2030 emission targets entered into force. The plan proposed a forest reference level in managed forests for the period 2021-2025. The construction of the forest reference level is based on the continuation of the management practices in Norwegian managed forest land, as observed in the reference period 2000 – 2009.
During spring 2020, Norway and Iceland's draft National Forestry Accounting Plans were subjects to a revision led by the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA). ESA issued a Decision on 26 June 2020 (Decision No: 068/20/COL) with an assessment and technical recommendations to the National Forest Accounting Plans.
Norway has revised its National Forestry Accounting Plan and forest reference level according to the technical recommendations from the EFTA Surveillance Authority. The forest reference level is in average 26,1 mill. ton net removals of CO2 per year in the period 2021-2025, including harvested wood products.
The definitions, methodologies and data used to calculate the forest reference level are consistent with the methods used to estimate emissions and removals in the National greenhouse gas inventory report reported under UNFCCC, including the National Forest Inventory. The reference level is fulfilling the Paris Agreement's principles of transparency, accuracy, completeness, comparability and consistency.
The agreement on joint fulfilment of our 2030 emissions target means that Norway is part of EU's climate legislation for 2030. This includes EU's regulation on land use, land use change and forestry (no. 2018/841). According to regulation, countries shall record changes in removals and emissions from managed forests on the basis of a forward-looking reference level. The reference level is the core element in the national forestry accounting plan and is subject to a final technical assessment by the EFTA Surveillance Authority before it is finally adopted.