Norwegian CO2 emissions remain static

Oil sector slowdown fails to compensate for higher transport, metal industry emissions

Increased emissions from metal industries and road transport meant that Norway's total carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions were unaltered last year, despite a decline in the contribution made by offshore oil and gas production, Statistics Norway (SSB) reports. Rises of 9% in emissions from the metals sector and 3% from transport offset the reduction from the petroleum sector, after the sector suffered a slowdown triggered by falling oil prices. Emissions from a number of chemical and mineral companies were also down. This means that total Norwegian emissions of CO2, the most significant greenhouse gas, have risen by a total of 18% since 1990, the base year for measurements under the Kyoto climate change protocol, the SSB notes. Norway's increase in total emissions of all greenhouse gases, however, was limited to 7.5% between 1990 and 1997, the last year for which full figures are available. Sharp declines were recorded in emissions of perfluorinated carbons and sulphur hexafluoride as a result of initiatives t aken by the process industries, SSB says. The total is, however, still well above Norway's target under the Kyoto protocol, of limiting total emissions to 1% above their 1990 level by the period 2008-2012.

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