Norwegian agency backs climate gas trading

SFT urges government to adopt broad-based national quota system "as soon as possible"

The Norwegian Pollution Control Authority (SFT) has backed plans for a national greenhouse gas trading system and urged that it be introduced "as soon as possible". Responding to a report by an expert "quota commission," which recommended a quota system last year (ENDS Daily 17 December 1999), SFT says that a national trading system would be cost-effective "even if an international quota system is not yet in place".

The agency recommends that reasonably precise national targets be set for domestic emission reductions. "In order to ensure cost-effectiveness, the quota system should include as many emission sources as possible", the report's authors write, although for sources such as nitrous oxide, methane from agriculture and landfills and HFCs, regulatory measures might be more appropriate "for the time being".

Quota obligations should be imposed as close to the "owner" of emissions as possible; but for carbon dioxide emissions from combustion "the quota obligation will generally have to be imposed on the sales or import chain". Additional measures should include "voluntary quota obligations" for large transport companies, airlines, ferry companies and local authorities.

Efficient reporting and control and sanctions systems to secure compliance are essential. SFT says it is "prepared to take the responsibility for establishing and operating such a system". The agency's comments broadly support the recommendations of the quota commission itself.

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