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03/03/2006 A new report from the Norwegian Pollution Control Authority, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate and the Norwegian Maritime Directorate, shows what measures can be implemented in order for Norway to meet its NOx obligations under the Gothenburg Protocol by 2010.
The analysis of NOx measures (TiltaksanalyseforNOx.pdf)describes possible NOx-reducing measures in the onshore industry, domestic shipping and the energy plants on the Norwegian continental shelf. The study also contains information on the costs of the various measures.
By ratifying the Gothenburg protocol of 1999, Norway has committed itself to reducing its annual emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) to 156,000 tonnes by 2010, which is a reduction of about 45,000 tonnes in relation to the forecasts. If Norway is to keep this commitment, major new measures must be introduced in several sectors. In 2004 the petroleum industry was responsible for emission of about 50,000 tonnes NOx, or 22 per cent of total Norwegian emissions.
The Storting White Paper No. 21 (2004-2005) proposed separate requirements regarding NOx emissions from domestic shipping and the fishing fleet. New requirements were also proposed for energy plants offshore and for parts of the onshore industry. Flexible policy instruments used across sectors, such as taxes and third-party measures, were also proposed. This policy gained broad support during the Storting's consideration of the White Paper.
The analysis of NOx measures is based on previous studies from the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate ("Study of potential measures to reduce NOx on the shelf" link ), SFT and the Maritime Directorate, in addition to work carried out by Det Norske Veritas on assignment from the Ministry of the Environment and SFT.
Read the press release from the Ministry of the Environment: Can reduce NOx emissions by 30 per cent before 2010
Contact in the NPD:
Eldbjørg Vaage Melberg, tel. +47 51 87 61 00