Illegal emissions at Equinor gas plant

State oil company Equinor’s large natural gas plant at Melkøya outside Hammerfest has reported illegal emissions and pollution every year for the past 10 years. There haven’t been any punitive consequences, however, apart from official reminders that compliance is expected. Newspaper Finnmark Dagblad reported on the illegal emissions last weekend, and the national media has […]

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,” […]

Norway won’t meet its UN climate goals

Not even what the government calls “the greenest state budget ever” will enable Norway to meet its climate goals for 2020, and its unlikely to meet the goals promised as part of the UN’s Paris Agreement for 2030 either. The Greens Party is already threatening to propose a lack of confidence vote in Parliament, to […]

Power plant closure ‘great’ for climate

Norway’s biggest oil and energy company, Statoil, was finally being hailed on Tuesday after it announced that it was shutting down its gas-fueled power plant at Mongstad on the country’s west coast. The plant has been hugely controversial since even before it opened in 2010, it has generated heavy losses for Statoil, and its closure set for the end of next year […]

Carbon emissions rise once again

New figures released this week confirm that Norway’s carbon emissions have risen once again, and the country’s oil and gas industry is mostly to blame. For the first time, Norway’s emissions are higher than neighbouring Sweden’s, even though Sweden has a much larger population and a long industrial history. The figures from state statistics bureau […]

Labour federation bucks oil industry

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 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 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’

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 […]