Norwegian firms seek greener technologies

Norway's heavy industry association Pil has made a three-year agreement with environmental group Bellona worth NKr8.5m (€1.1m) to promote green technologies. According to Pil's Svein Thompson, goals include implementing pre-existing targets to substitute 20% of coal use with charcoal and to cut sulphur emissions. Members are to make further efforts to improve energy efficiency and to cut energy use by up to 10%. Pil will also look for onshore uses for Norway's large offshore natural gas reserves. This could include power generation if carbon dioxide could be injected back into oil wells. See Pil.

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