7 June 2016

Norway brings forward carbon neutral target to 2030

Norway has agreed on a 2030 target to cut net greenhouse gas emissions to zero, 20 years earlier than the previous deadline, a national assembly official said on Tuesday.

Norway will pay for emission cuts abroad that correspond to its own emissions to reach the target.

Norway set a similar 2030 carbon neutrality target in 2008, but pushed the goal back to 2050 when international negotiations failed to reach a global climate agreement in 2009.

The Norwegian parliament's energy and environment committee unanimously agreed to bring the target forward to 2030 in response to the Paris Agreement on climate action which was reached in December by nearly 200 countries, according to the committee advisor.

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