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The Forest Reference Level (FRL) and National Forestry Accounting Plan (NFAP) will be submitted under Article 8 of “Regulation (EU) 2018/841 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 2018 on the inclusion of greenhouse gas emissions and removals from land use, land use change and forestry in the 2030 climate and energy framework, and amending Regulation (EU) No 525/2013 and Decision No 529/2013/EU”, commonly referred to as the LULUCF Regulation.

The FRL represents an estimate of the average annual net emissions and removals resulting from managed forest land (managed forests not categorised as afforested land) within the territory of a Member State in the periods from 2021 to 2025 based on the continuation of sustainable forest management practice, as documented in the period from 2000 to 2009 with regard to dynamic age-related forest characteristics, using the best available data. The document was prepared in line with the “Criteria and guidance for determining forest reference level” and “Elements of the national forestry accounting plan” sub-sections of Annex IV of the Regulation.

In December 2018, Ireland submitted to the European Commission (EC) the first version of their NFAP, including a proposed FRL for the period from 2021 to 2025. In consultation with experts appointed by the Member States, the EC undertook a technical assessment of the NFAP during 2019. This review process highlighted a series of technical recommendations, which were addressed and a second version of the NFAP, was submitted to the EC in December 2019. The proposed FRL for the period from 2021 to 2025 that Ireland has proposed will be assessed by the EC from January to April 2020.

Following the submission of the second version of the NFAP, two aspects were identified that required additional explanatory text to aid understanding. Furthermore, an error was identified in transposing FRL data into the second version of the NFAP. These matters are addressed in the document titled ‘Addendum to Irelands NFAP and FRL (April 2020)’.

The FRLs for all member states will be officially adopted through a delegated Act by the 31st October 2020. An additional FRL will be developed for the 2026-2030 accounting period and submitted by 30th June 2023.

Updated April 2020