Norway falling behind Gothenburg targets
Norway must step up its rate of emissions reductions to avoid missing air pollution targets under the Gothenburg protocol, the national statistics office (SSB) warned on Friday. The protocol, signed in 1999, is a pan-European agreement to improve air quality by setting annual national emission ceilings for sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides (NOx), non-methane volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and ammonia (EED 02/09/99). The SSB said that Norwegian emissions of NOx and VOCs still need to fall by almost 30% and 50% respectively from 2001 levels by the 2010 deadline. See press release.