Norwegian NOx fund renewed

An existing three-year voluntary commitment (2008-2010) by Norway’s industrial sector to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) is to be extended by six years, the environment ministry has announced. Sectors involved include shipping, oil and construction.

Participating companies contribute to a fund for investment in reduction measures, in return for which they are exempt from the Norwegian tax on NOx emissions. Fifteen bodies have signed up to the new deal, setting a further reduction target of 16,000 tonnes between 2011 and 2017 for ships, fishing vessels and other sources covered by the agreement.

Source: Norway Environment Ministry press release, 14 December 2010 .

In this issue

Negotiating forests in the Climate Convention

Among the plethora of acronyms flooding global climate negotiations, LULUCF is one of the most frequently used. Interpreted Land-Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry it has been a controversial issue in the negotiations for the Kyoto Protocol and its implementation since the beginning. The battle is still raging in an almost impenetrable fog of calculation methods, reference levels, caps and exceptions and with devils in virtually every detail.

Read more