Oslo on hold for carbon capture

They’re billing it as “the biggest climate project in Norwegian industry ever,” but the government’s long-awaited carbon capture, transport and storage plan could have been even bigger. Carbon emissions may now only be captured at the Norcem cement plant near Porsgrunn, meaning carbon capture at the Fortum recycling plant in Oslo will have to wait for […]

40 arrested after climate, oil protests

Climate activists were out early in Oslo on Monday morning, to demonstrate against Norway’s pro-oil policies and the government’s failure to declare a climate crisis. By midday, police had arrested around 40 people taking part in various demonstrations around the city. The demonstrations came just as another oil company active on Norway’s continental shelf, Wintershall […]

E18 highway victory sets off new fights

After decades of political quarreling, construction is finally cleared to start on expansion of the heavily trafficked E18 highway west of Oslo. A decision by the local Viken County council to guarantee financial support set off new political battles, however, also within the Labour Party. Viken leader Tonje Brenna ended up sacrificing her Labour-led council […]

Norway may finally meet climate goals

Carbon emissions in Norway declined 3.4 percent last year, according to new updated numbers from state statistics bureau SSB. Emissions totalling 50.3 million tons were the lowest in 27 years and now officials think Norway may meet its climate goals for 2020. “These are encouraging numbers and show that the government climate policies are working,” […]

Majority supports aid to oil industry

A new survey shows that not only a majority of politicians support controversial tax relief and financial aid to Norway’s oil and offshore industry. Fully 60 percent of Norwegians questioned do as well, even as a similar number want the state to provide more support for climate measures. The survey, conducted by research firm Opinion […]

Greenpeace hails Oil Fund exclusions

Environmental organization Greenpeace is hailing Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, which was built up on oil revenues, for excluding four oil companies because their emissions are too high. All four extract oil from controversial tar/oil sands projects. Norway’s own state oil company Statoil (now Equinor) was also active in oil sands projects in Alberta, Canada until […]

Oslo Fjord ailing as birds die, fish gone

Something is seriously wrong with the Oslo Fjord and no one seems to fully understand why. Both fish and mussels have been disappearing, while the fjord’s characteristic seabirds known as ærfugl (common eider) have been found dead from Agder in the south to Østfold farther north. Newspaper Dagsavisen has reported that the dead birds are […]

‘Solid compromise’ over the ice edge

Environmental organizations were quick to protest, as has the Norwegian government’s former partner, but Prime Minister Erna Solberg hopes she’s now settled just how far north oil exploration and production can be allowed. As long as oil prices remain low, however, the bigger question is whether oil companies will even be interested in more expensive […]

High court to hear Arctic oil complaint

Norway’s Supreme Court (Høyesterett) has agreed to evaluate whether the state has violated Norway’s constitution by choosing to issue oil exploration licenses in the Arctic. It’s a breakthrough for the environmental organizations that claim oil exploration and production in Arctic areas violate Norwegians’ constitutional rights to a safe and healthy environment. “We look forward to […]

Plans approved for huge wind energy project

Norway’s Oil & Energy Ministry approved development plans on Wednesday for Equinor’s wind power project Hywind Tampen in the North Sea. It’s billed as the largest such project in the world, with construction due to start in 2022. Oil & Energy Minister Tina Bru claimed it was “an historic day” and that the Hywind Tampen […]