Norway extends climate change rules

Government agrees new measures on CO2 taxation, permit trading, looks ahead to post 2012 targets

The Norwegian government on Friday approved new steps designed to combat growth in greenhouse gas emissions in a document, described by environment minister Børge Brende as "an important step in fulfilling the coalition government's goal of a more aggressive climate policy".

The supplementary white paper follows a white paper issued by the government last June (EED 22/06/01). It proposes extending the lifetime of Norway's existing carbon dioxide (CO2) tax to 2008. It also sets 2005 as the target date for introducing a quota trading system for greenhouse gas emissions.

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