space4environment supports LULUCF reporting in Luxembourg -

space4environment develops a feasibility study on the application of geographically explicit land use data for the preparation of the next LULUCF GHG inventories in Luxembourg


space4environment develops a feasibility study on the application of geographically explicit land use data for the preparation of the next LULUCF GHG inventories in Luxembourg

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In June 2018, the European Parliament and Council of the European Union (EU) adopted a legislative Regulation1 for incorporating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and removals from Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (EU-LULUCF) under its 2030 Climate and Energy Framework. The Administration de l'Environnement (AEV) is in charge of preparing the national reporting for Luxembourg under the EU-LULUCF Regulation. In 2019, the AEV prepared a LULUCF GHG inventory for the period between 1990 and 2017, which was based on spatially explicit data already existing for the country, namely the OBS (Occupation Biophysique du Sol) maps for the reference years of 1989, 1999, and 2007. Ancillary LPIS and NFI data existing for the country were also used in order to calibrate statistics on some specific agricultural and forest land use transitions. Since then, new and more recent LU/LC datasets have been produced by space4environment for the whole Luxembourg (LIS-L2015 and LULC2018) from very high-spatial resolution Earth Observation (EO) imagery with improved thematic and geometric accuracies. It is necessary for future reports that datasets already existing for the past are matching the technical characteristics of the new products. In this context, the AEV has requested space4environment to prepare a feasibility study on the availability and use of geographically explicit data for the country and the potential for its harmonization towards a consistent reporting under Approach 3: Geographically explicit land use data. The kick-off meeting of the project between AEV and space4environment took place on 18 December 2019 at the s4e premises in Niederanven.