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Key Norwegian labour union does CO2 U-turn. Leftist union leader Roar Flåthen advocates modifying a key pan-political climate agreement, arguing it is too expensive and threatening to withdraw union support. Whilst Norway’s CO2 emissions have peaked since 1990, currently estimated to be 53.7 million tonnes of CO2 equivalents, top man Mr Flåthen of the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) says, “We now see that the politicians have underestimated how difficult it is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Norway. LO has traditionally been a strong supporter of the cross-Party “klimaforliket” political compromise between tri-partite Coalition members Labour (Ap), the Socialist Left (SV), and Centre Party (Sp), and the Opposition (Liberals (V), Christian Democrats (KrF), the Conservatives (H)).

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Key Norwegian labour union does CO2 U-turn

Published on Wednesday, 8th June, 2011 at 15:58 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Leftist union leader Roar Flåthen advocates modifying a key pan-political climate agreement, arguing it is too expensive and threatening to withdraw union support.

LO leader Roar Flåthen
LO leader Roar Flåthen
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Whilst Norway’s CO2 emissions have peaked since 1990, currently estimated to be 53.7 million tonnes of CO2 equivalents, top man Mr Flåthen of the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) says, “We now see that the politicians have underestimated how difficult it is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Norway.

LO has traditionally been a strong supporter of the cross-Party “klimaforliket” political compromise between tri-partite Coalition members Labour (Ap), the Socialist Left (SV), and Centre Party (Sp), and the Opposition (Liberals (V), Christian Democrats (KrF), the Conservatives (H)).

The Far-Right Progress Party (FrP) voted against the resolution, signed in 2008 during Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg’s first term, which aims to make Norway carbon neutral by 2030.

Other important goals include cutting two-thirds of the country’s total emissions on a national basis, increasing state taxes on fossil fuels and funding for renewable energy research, as well as making all vehicles carbon neutral by 2020, introducing incentives for motorists.

In his interview with Aftenposten, Mr Flåthen believes Norway’s climate strategy is now up for renewal, saying his union may discontinue its “klimaforliket” support. He bases his views on arguments such as increased German demand for clean Norwegian gas following 2020’s nuclear power plant closures, current domestic Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) requirements, and rising costs forcing environmentally-friendly Norwegian industrial companies to relocate abroad .

“Cutting as much as two-thirds on a national basis alone will be too expensive and challenging. We now need a more realistic approach regarding these domestic proportions....The most important is to reduce emissions, not whether it occurs on home soil or abroad,” he continues in his interview with Aftenposten.

Neither Trond Giske, Minister of Trade and Industry, or Environment Minister Erik Solheim were available for comment when asked by The Foreigner.             

LO’s Climate Strategy document from 2010 can be downloaded here.



Published on Wednesday, 8th June, 2011 at 15:58 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: norwegianco2emissions, roarflaathen, norwegianconfederationoftradeunions, eriksolheim, trondgiske, jensstoltenberg.





  
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