Norway goes for "green gas" technology

Government pushes CO2-capture gas power stations, international green electricity certificate system

Norway's government has committed itself to what it describes as a "historic effort" to develop natural gas-fired power plants with carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and storage technology while pressing for "an international mandatory certificate market for green electricity". The pledges are contained in a white paper on the domestic use of natural gas presented to parliament on Friday.

Energy minister Einar Steensnæs said in a statement that the aim of the initiative was "to achieve an important technological breakthrough, which will help us meet the climate challenges we are facing". International certificate trading would also "stimulate an efficient development of electricity based on renewable energy sources in Europe", he added.

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