The Norwegian government has unveiled a range of measures aimed at achieving the country’s climate objectives, including a more than tripling of the country’s carbon tax. Norway, the biggest producer of oil in Western Europe, has said it aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50-55% by 2030. Their goal is reduction of 90-95% by 2050.
Among the measures presented, the government proposed a requirement for public services to only buy “zero emission” cars and vans from 2022 onwards. The same will apply for public auctions on ferry services from 2023 and urban buses from 2025. The government also wants to promote biofuels and more than triple its carbon tax from today’s 590 Norwegian kroner (€57) per tonne to 2,000 kroner. “It is extremely positive that the government wants to increase the CO2 tax and introduce emissions budgets,” the Norwegian branch of environmental group Friends of the Earth said in a post to Twitter. “But they are avoiding the big and difficult questions about oil production, motorway construction, airport expansion and energy efficiency,” it added.
Norway Unveils New Climate Measures, Barrons, 2021-01-08