THE PINK DOLPHIN / Norway plans to be climate-neutral

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Norway’s plans to be climate-neutral brought forward twenty years to 2030

As part of the plan, Norway has become the first country to ban deforestation
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Almost a quarter of all of Norway’s cars already run off electricity rather than fossil fuel Rex Features
The Norwegian parliament has agreed to bring the goal of becoming climate neutral forward from 2050 to 2030.

The parties have approved this ambitious goal as long as other countries make similarly major commitments in accordance with the Paris Climate Agreement, agreed on by 175 countries in December 2015.

A proposal backed unanimously by the parliament’s cross-party energy and environment committee said: “Climate neutrality shall be accelerated to 2030, as long as there is a global and ambitious climate agreement in place in which other developed countries undertake major commitments.”

The Paris Agreement has set a target of limiting the warming of the planet to “well below” two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial revolution levels.

The committee’s advisor added: “It’s obviously a very ambitious goal, but all political parties represented on the committee agree on that.”

The decision comes after a series of major commitments to the environment such as becoming the first country in the world to commit to zero deforestation.

The Scandinavian country also plans to ban the sale of all fossil-fuel cars in in the next decade.

The ban would be a strong statement as a large proportion of Norway’s economy relies on its petroleum industry.

As a sign of its progress already toward to the 2030 target, around 24 per cent of the country’s cars run on electricity with more than 99 per cent of Norway’s electricity supply produced through hydropower.

Norway also aims to triple its capacity of wind power by 2020, with a new £2bn investment in the sector approved in 2013.

Source: The Independent

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Norway becomes first country in the world to commit to zero deforestation

‘This is an important victory in the fight to protect the rainforest’

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Norway becomes first country in the world to commit to zero deforestation
The Norwegian parliament pledged the government’s public procurement policy will become deforestation-free after a committee of MPs recommended imposing regulations to ensure the state did “not contribute to deforestation of the rainforest”.

Norway funds forest conservation projects worldwide and also supports human rights programmes for forest communities.

Nils Hermann Ranum, the head of Policy and Campaign at Rainforest Foundation Norway, said in a statement: “This is an important victory in the fight to protect the rainforest. Over the last few years, a number of companies have committed to cease the procurement of goods that can be linked to destruction of the rainforest.

“Until now, this has not been matched by similar commitments from governments. Thus, it is highly positive that the Norwegian state is now following suit and making the same demands when it comes to public procurements”.The Rainforest Foundation Norway has campaigned for years to secure a zero deforestation commitment from the Norwegian government.

The MPs’ committee also called for the government to protect biodiversity by developing a separate policy and through investments made by Norges Bank Investment Management.

In 2014 Norway made a joint declaration with Germany and the UK at a UN climate summit in New York, pledging to “promote national commitments that encourage deforestation-free supply chains, including through public procurement policies to sustainably source commodities such as palm oil, soy, beef and timber”.

The production of beef, palm oil, soy and wood products in seven countries with high deforestation rates was responsible for 40 per cent of total tropical deforestation and 44 per cent of associated carbon emissions between 2000 and 2011, according to Climate Action.

Source: The Independent

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Norway to ‘completely ban all petrol powered cars by 2025’

‘What an amazingly awesome country’, Elon Musk tweeted in response to the plan

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Norway will ban the sale of all fossil fuel-based cars in the next decade, continuing its trend towards becoming one of the most ecologically progressive countries on the planet, according to reports.

Politicians from both sides of the political spectrum have reportedly reached some concrete conclusions about 100 per cent of Norwegian cars running on green energy by 2025.

According to Norwegian newspaper Dagens Naeringsliv, “FRP will remove all gasoline cars”, a headline which makes reference to the populist right-wing Framstegspartiet, or Progress Party.Yet there is some denial from other right-wing representatives that the move has been confirmed.

If passed, it would be particularly significant because a large proportion of Norway’s funds rely on the country’s petroleum industry.The report also follows the announcement that Norway will become the first country in the world to commit to zero deforestation.

Speaking about the possible 2025 ban on non-electric cars, Elon Musk, chief executive of US electric car company Tesla Motors, lauded the announcement.

“Just heard that Norway will ban new sales of fuel cars in 2025,” he wrote.

“What an amazingly awesome country. You guys rock!!”.Yet while the Democratic Party and the Liberal Party have corroborated Dagens Naeringsliv’s report, the FRP have said the move is still being looked at, according to Aftenposten.If the measure is fully confirmed, it would be more ambitious than the Labour Party’s proposal that no new diesel or petrol cars should be sold by 2030.

The four parties, who rule together through a system of proportional representation, have also agreed a new climate tax on electricity.

About 24 per cent of the country’s cars already run on electricity, and it is a heavy producer of renewable energy with more than 99 per cent of electricity covered by hydropower.Norway also aims to triple its capacity of wind power by 2020, with a new $3bn investment in the sector approved in 2013.

Meanwhile critics in the UK have accused the Conservative Government of reneging on its commitment to green energy and looking for solutions in fracking and nuclear energy instead.

This follows a 25 per cent rise in renewable energy investments pouring into the UK last year, according to a global paper on the topic.

Source: The Independent

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Editorial Committee

David Dunham

Arno Ambrosius

Gustavo López Ospina

Mariana Almeida

Pieter Jan Brouwer

Assistant: Emilia Romero

SELVA Vida Sin Fronteras acknowledges Kevin Schafer’s important contribution towards protecting the highly endangered Amazon pink fresh water dolphin. Title photographs of our “The Amazon Pink Dolphin’s Voice” were taken by Mr. Schafer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

~ by SELVA-Vida Sin Fronteras on 9 June, 2016.

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