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Soria Moria II and the environment. A policy for change? The government’s aim is for reducing CO2 emissions is two-tiered. By 2020, they would like to see a 25-40% reduction, with an increase by the year 2020 to between 50 and 80 percent. Nothing new This is not a revelation, however. Although details of the Soria Moria II declaration – a cross-party political platform – were only released yesterday, several events prior to last month’s general election had already let the cat out of the bag.

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Soria Moria II and the environment

Published on Thursday, 8th October, 2009 at 09:15 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

A policy for change?

Kårstø anlegget
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Photo: Jarle Vines/Wikimedia Commons


The government’s aim is for reducing CO2 emissions is two-tiered. By 2020, they would like to see a 25-40% reduction, with an increase by the year 2020 to between 50 and 80 percent.

Nothing new

This is not a revelation, however. Although details of the Soria Moria II declaration – a cross-party political platform – were only released yesterday, several events prior to last month’s general election had already let the cat out of the bag.

The Socialist Left (SV) had already announced at their party conference in March that they would like to phase out petrol-driven cars completely by 2015. In the same month, railways were given priority under the new National Transport Plan.

And yesterday’s figures also match reductions that some Norwegian climate researchers had already called for in August.

A load of hot air?

The policy announcement didn’t exactly dazzle anyone. Bellona’s leader Frederic Hauge told NRK that the government’s new declaration contained too many big words, not enough action, and hardly showed any change from the first one four years ago.

Trine Skei Grande, the Liberal Party’s (V) parliamentary leader, was harsher with her criticism. She thought the government showed little determination when it came to tackling the major challenges ahead, and was not impressed by their declaration.

In her opinion, it was quite boring, and almost completely lacked any commitment to cut climate gases at home.

“We need a radical and new policy if we are to achieve a modern, low-emission society…,” she told NRK.

Greenhouse gases

In the declaration the government writes that they plan to reduce the amount of climate gases by making rapid, drastic cuts in climate gases. They use Norway’s current anti-deforestation programme in developing countries as an example of how to achieve this.

At the same time, they propose developing new technology that will reduce harmful emissions, continuing and reinforcing work already begun on ways of capturing and storing CO2.

Yet the Kårstø natural gas processing plants (pictured) were built, and somewhat controversially put into commission without a CO2-capturing solution. According to NRK the government would rather see more environmentally-friendly cars on the road instead of pressing ahead with developing the technology there.

Perhaps a good starting-point would be what countries like Britain and Germany do, and offer motorists incentives to scrap their old ones?



Published on Thursday, 8th October, 2009 at 09:15 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: soria, moria, declaration, government, governmental, environment, policy, greenhouse, gases.





  
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