Critical assessment of Norway's green record

OECD finds much still to do in review of Norwegian environmental performance

Norway continues to face very significant environmental challenges and has not always tackled them efficiently over the past ten years, according to a new report from the Organisation for economic cooperation and development (OECD). The conclusions "confirm the need to revitalise environmental policy," responded the country's new environment minister, Børge Brende.

Though couched in diplomatic language, the OECD report nevertheless makes stinging criticisms across a range of different environmental issues. For example, national greenhouse gas emissions are forecast to rise by 22-26% between 1990 and 2010, the report notes, and efforts to meet international commitments to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) "have stalled in the face of rapid growth of energy production and use".

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