As an oil-and gas-producing nation, Norway has long been guilty of generating more carbon emissions at a time when other countries are cutting theirs. New numbers from state statistics bureau SSB this week showed that Norway now is finally making some reductions as well.
Norwegian emissions have fallen by 6 percent from their peak in 2007, SSB reported. After rising two years ago, they fell from 2015 to 2016, if only slightly. All told, Norway still released 53.3 million tons of carbon equivalents last year.
The largest reduction in emissions came from vehicular traffic, falling 3.6 percent in 2016. Emissions from Norway’s oil and gas production, industry and power plants also showed a decline, but news bureau NTB reported an increase for other sources of emissions.