Brende sees "environmental decade" ahead

Incoming Norwegian environment minister seeks to raise his profile in media blitz

The next ten years will be "the decade of the environment," Norway's energetic new environment minister, Børge Brende, has asserted in a series of media interventions. Mr Brende contributed a column to today's Dagbladet newspaper and is also interviewed in today's Aftenposten newspaper at his own request.

Outlining his vision for the coming decade, the minister said he would base policy making on the concept of critical loads, the precautionary principle and the polluter pays principle. He predicted that Norway could become western Europe's leading energy supplier, claiming no incompatibility between this and the nation's "pioneering role in environmental policy".

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