On Tuesday (June 15), Norway’s Parliament approved a national goal to achieve climate neutrality by 2030, accelerating the initial 2050 target.
Based on the recommendation from the Environmental Committee, the Parliament approved a resolution to achieve climate neutrality “from 1 January 2030” “through the EU emissions trading market, international cooperation on emissions reductions, emissions trading and project-based cooperation”.
The motion has passed with 54 votes in favor and 47 against, faced with opposition from the ruling parties of the minority government.
Norway’s road to climate neutrality relies completely on carbon offsets, excluding any measures to reduce emissions domestically. The biggest share of GHG emissions in Norway belongs to oil and gas industry, amounting to 14% in 2014.
In his speech to the Parliament, the climate minister, Vidar Helgesen, pointed out towards a need for a rapid ratification of the Paris Agreement. Following the discussion, the motion for ratification was unanimously supported in a plenary vote.
After the consent of the Parliament, Norway is a step away from becoming the next country in Europe to ratify the deal, following France and Hungary. The ratification process will be finally concluded with the royal assent of the Norwegian monarch.
UPDATE: Norway deposited its instrument of ratification of the Paris Agreement with the United Nations on 20 June 2016, UNFCCC announced on Tuesday (June 21). As of 21 June 2016, there are 177 signatories to the Paris Agreement. Of these, 18 States have also deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance or approval accounting in total for 0.18 % of the total global greenhouse gas emissions.
(Image: Norway, October 2014. Photo credit:Shauna Leigh Robinson)