Labour federation bucks oil industry

Lofoten, oil - grafitti on a stone in Svolvær, march 2013

The leader of Norway’s largest trade union federation, Fagforbundet, is challenging both its umbrella organization LO, the oil industry and the two parties leading Norway’s minority coalition by coming out in favour of protecting especially sensitive coastal areas off Lofoten, Vesterålen and Senja from oil exploration. The powerful union group’s leader Mette Nord is also calling […]

Norway spews out more emissions

Norway's industrial emissions, like those from plants at the southern tip of the Hurum peninsula, rose again last year. PHOTO: Views and News

Norway bills itself as an environmentally friendly nation, but its own greenhouse gas emissions rose nearly 5 percent last year. The 53.7 million tons of CO2 equivalents unleashed by Norway into the atmosphere amounted to the highest level since emissions first started being calculated in 1973. The new figures from state statistics bureau SSB (Statistics […]

Emissions fall but few are cheering

Norway's emissions, like those from this cellulose plant at Tofte, have declined but not because of political will. PHOTO: Views and News

Norway’s emissions have fallen to their lowest level in 14 years, but the government won’t take credit and environmentalists aren’t cheering either. The decline is pegged directly to the global finance crisis that led to lower industrial activity, and not to political efforts. State statistics bureau SSB reported that so-called “climate emissions” (klimautslipp, carbon emissions […]

State may delay ‘moon landing’

Carbon recapture at Mongstad is being further delayed. PHOTO: Statoil/Øyvind Hagen

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg called ambitious plans for carbon recapture at Statoil’s Mongstad gas power plant the equivalent of a ‘moon landing’ for Norway, but now it faces further delays. Meanwhile, more Norwegians seem positive about nuclear power as a means of reducing carbon emissions. Newspaper VG reported over the weekend that Oil and Energy […]

Norwegians not so green after all

A new study suggests that the vast majority of Norwegians are putting responsibility for emissions cuts on everyone but themselves. At the very least, as consumers they’re not putting their money where their mouth is. The study, conducted by the Copenhagen Consulting Company and reported in newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) on Wednesday, shows that many […]