Norway reverses greenhouse gas trend

Norwegian greenhouse gas emissions fell 2.5% last year, the national statistics office (SSB) reports in its annual survey of environmental indicators. The drop is attributed largely to lower process emissions from declining metal production. It reverses a 2% rise, to the highest level ever, in 2001 (EED 18/10/02). However, waste generation continued to climb, reaching 8.7m tonnes, or about two tonnes per capita, of which 354kg was household waste, 117kg more than in 1992. Forty-seven per cent of non-hazardous waste was recovered, 40% up over the same ten-year period. See press release.

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