Warm weather speeds Norwegian SO2 cut
A mild winter and a sulphur surcharge on diesel fuel contributed to a remarkable 9% drop in Norwegian emissions of sulphur dioxide (SO2) from 1999 to 2000, the government statistics office (SSB) has announced. Now standing at 26,000 tonnes, annual SO2 emissions have been halved since 1990. Further cuts are still required for Norway to meet its commitment under the 1999 UN Gothenburg protocol of annual maximum emissions of 22,000 tonnes by 2010, SSB adds. See press release.