Norway promises to become "climate neutral" by 2030

Norway promises to become "climate neutral" by 2030

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The Norwegian parliament has approved a plan to reach the goal 20 years sooner than originally expected. There is however still some doubt regarding its implementation

An ambitious radical plan to speed up the reduction of CO2 emissions turning Norway into a "climate neutral" country by 2030 has been approved by Parliament in Oslo which will reach the goal 20 years sooner than originally expected.  The details however are cause for skepticism, particularly regarding emissions from hydrocarbons which would be very difficult to eliminate such term. "This is a direct response to the commitments that Norway too on by ratifying the Paris agreement," said Ramus Hansson, leader of the Norwegian Green Party, "and this means that we need to accelerate the changes to our energy and climate policies." In reality, more than a matter of emissions it is one of perfecting the compensation mechanisms. To date, Norway records emissions of 53 million tons of CO2 equivalent a year. As stated by Climate and Environment Minister Vidar Helgensen, the parliament-approved plan will attack this quantity by paying other countries to cut their own emissions following the system of expiring credits in 2020. In fact, despite not being a European Union member country, Norway participates in the emission trading system used by the European Union.