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"I supported the forest strategy as an environmentally, economically and socially balanced strategy, which enables better coordination of the different EU-level strategies influencing the forest sector. I strongly opposed, however, Amendment 3 by the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI), as it needs clarification about the carbon neutrality of biomass. Biomass is carbon neutral. The International Panel for Climate Change under the United Nations gives a 0.0 CO2-emissions factor for biomass. The EU should not differentiate itself from this international standard. Losing carbon neutrality would shake the fundamentals of the EUʼs renewable energy policy. It would endanger the achievement of EU renewable energy targets and bring uncertainty to the industry covered by the EU Emission Trading Scheme. Moreover, the EU must not have double emissions counting for biomass. In the international climate change framework the emissions are reported in the Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land-Use (AFOLU) sector (previously the LULUCF sector). Moreover, we should not examine the mitigation within a ʽpolicy timeframeʼ. Instead, we should examine mitigation based on the significantly longer natural carbon cycle and base our policies on a natural timeframe."@fi2

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