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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