Policy status:Superseded
Date Effective:2007
Policy Type:Policy Support>Strategic planning
Policy Target:Multiple RE Sources>All
Policy Sector:Framework Policy
Agency:Ministry of the Environment

The governments white paper on climate policy contains proposals for concrete new measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Government proposes substantial cuts in emissions both in Norway and abroad. The country is to be carbon neutral by 2050, which means that all remaining emissions will be set off against emissions in other countries. The Government will improve on Norway?s commitment under the Kyoto Protocol by 10%, and plan to cut global emissions of greenhouse gases by the equivalent of 30% of its 1990 emissions by 2020. These targets will be achieved both by substantially reducing Norways emissions and by paying for cuts in other countries. The whole of the extra 10% will be accounted for by reductions outside Norway The white paper sets out a number of proposed measures for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Norway, including:

  • Prohibiting landfilling of biodegradable waste from 2009.
  • Prohibiting the installation of oil-fired boilers in new buildings as from 2009.
  • Introducing a new scheme for supporting the conversion of oil-fired boilers to boilers using renewable energy.
  • Increasing the capital of the fund for the promotion of energy efficiency measures and the use of renewable energy by up to NOK 10 billion by 2012.
  • Taking targeted and coordinated measures to expand the production of bioenergy by up to 14 TWh.
  • Continuing the efforts to improve public transport, including the efforts to improve rail transport.

The tax system will also be utilised to encourage environmentally friendly behaviour within a revenue-neutral framework. The result of this white paper was an agreement between all parties except for one in the Storting. 

Related policies:Agreement on Climate Policy
This record is superseded by:Report No. 21 (2011-2012) Report to the Storting Norwegian Climate Policy and political climate agreement in the Parliament from 2012 (Innst. 390 S (2011-2012)

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