Norway in SO2 agreement with industry

Government confirms intention to scrap SO2 tax, abate emissions through voluntary action

Norway's government has reached agreement with the Federation of Norwegian process industries (PIL) on voluntary reductions of sulphur emissions, the environment ministry announced yesterday.

Under the agreement, member companies would cut such releases by 5,000 tonnes annually by 2010. PIL has also agreed to draft a plan for additional cuts of 2,000 tonnes "at least possible cost to Norway," the ministry said in a statement. It added that the deal would "go a long way to securing Norway's international sulphur commitment," under the UN-brokered Gothenburg protocol (EED 30/11/99).

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