Finland, which currently holds the presidency of the Council of the EU, has been accused of undermining its climate leadership by urging the European Commission to permit an extra 10 million tonnes of CO2 emissions through deforestation.
A document obtained by Brussels-based forest NGO Fern and the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation (FANC) shows that agriculture ministry officials have been in talks with the European Commission attempting to negotiate additional allowances under the EU Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF) regulations for 10 million tonnes of CO2 from deforestation.
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